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Terps' injury toll climbs at spring practice

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College Park -- Jeremy Navarre, a starting defensive lineman at Maryland and former Joppatowne standout, injured his knee at practice yesterday and was carted off the field, along with starting offensive lineman Andrew Crummey, who suffered an ankle injury.

Navarre started 22 of the past 24 games at defensive end and finished the season in a tie for first place with 3 1/2 sacks. Crummey, a right guard, leads the team with 28 career starts.

"We have enough depth at [defensive line] that it doesn't bother us, but Crummey, it puts a real stress on the rest of our offensive line right now," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. "That's a major factor. It's one less guy and we're starting to run out of people there. I'm hoping it's not as bad as I'm anticipating."

To compensate for other injured players, Friedgen moved former defensive back Pha'Terrell Washington to running back. Maryland's No. 2 tailback, Keon Lattimore, is out with a back injury, and Da'Rel Scott, the No. 3 back, is still out with a knee injury.

Friedgen said the magnetic resonance imaging on Scott showed he might have a meniscus indentation, and he will be re-tested today. He could be out one to four weeks, depending on the diagnosis. Lattimore had a bone scan on Wednesday that didn't detect anything, and he, too, will be tested again.

"I've just got my fingers crossed the third test doesn't show anything and we get them both back," Friedgen said. "The way things are going, who knows if that's going to happen?"

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