COLLEGE PARK -- C.J. Brown is medically cleared to play in this week's Clemson game, but Maryland coach Randy Edsall suggested today that he has lingering concerns about the quarterback and isn't prepared yet to name a starter.
Brown suffered a concussion against Florida State and missed the Virginia game. He started in Saturday's 34-10 loss to Wake Forest, but he struggled (two interceptions) under heavy pressure (three sacks) and was replaced in the third quarter by sophomore Caleb Rowe.
Maryland (5-2, 1-2 ACC) has indicated that the concerns about Brown's physical health aren't related to the concussion – he has passed all his tests – but rather an injury sustained in the Wake Forest game. The unspecified injury is marginal enough that Brown can practice. But Edsall appears to have concerns.
Brown, a fifth-year senior, is listed as the co-starter on the depth chart along with sophomore Caleb Rowe.
"Our doctors or trainers will clear guys to be able to play in the games," the coach said. "It's my duty and it's my obligation to watch all of our players perform in practice, perform in games ... to see how they're performing," Edsall said.
Edsall said he won't put players into games "if they're not performing to the standards due to health-related issues."
"Obviously I took some hits in the [Wake Forest] game early and Coach made his decision," Brown said Tuesday. "I feel comfortable with my body. I feel good. I can't get into [talking about] injuries or details like that."