Saturday, October 19, 2013
Terps lose top wideouts Diggs, Long
By Andrea Adelson
Maryland lost leading receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long for the season in a 34-10 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday.
Coach Randy Edsall told reporters during his postgame news conference that Long broke his tibia and fibula and would undergo surgery later Saturday. Diggs, one of the best all-purpose players in the ACC, broke his fibula and will have surgery this week.
Maryland has been beset by injuries for a second straight season. Last year, the Terps went through five different quarterbacks after injuries knocked out starter C.J. Brown and his successive replacements. They ended the year with a linebacker starting at quarterback.
Losing both Long and Diggs now is a terrible blow for an offense that struggled against the Deacs. Long was hurt when he was blocking downfield and several players in pursuit of running back Brandon Ross fell onto him. Long was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Diggs was hurt in the fourth quarter, after making a terrific catch on fourth down. He was not carted off the field, but sat dejectedly on the sideline as trainers attended to him.
Diggs led the team with 520 yards on 26 receptions and three touchdowns, while Long led the team with 28 receptions for 446 yards and a score. In all, Diggs and Long account for more than half of the team's total receptions.
The Terps already were without key reserve Tyrek Cheeseboro, who sustained a concussion last month after a bus hit him while he was riding his bicycle. Maryland also has lost several key starters on defense for the season, including cornerback Dexter McDougle and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil.