According to Inside Maryland Sports, Andre Monroe has injured his knee and will miss the entire 2013 season with surgery scheduled for Thursday. To further the problem, his backup Issiah Ross is out for at least 2-3 weeks as well with his own injury.
And it doesn't stop there, another star defensive player was injured as well. More on that after the break.
The once depth that Maryland had on the defensive line seems to be falling apart. At SDE, Maryland was 3 deep with all three players vying for the starting position. Now, the front runner of that competition is out for the year, and his backup is out for at least 2 weeks. Justin Anderson, the senior also competing for the spot, seems to be the only player left at the position.
There are unconfirmed rumors that rather than Anderson jumping into the starting spot, NT AJ Francis is sliding over into the starting spot and his backup, Darius Kilgo, is moving into the starting NT spot. Not that this is a bad thing: Francis and Kilgo alone put close to 600lb on the starting DL, so that is some massive weight to try and push around. On paper, a starting line of Vellano, Kilgo and Francis actually looks pretty good for a 3-4. Vellano will command a double team after his breakout season last year, and the mass of Kilgo and Francis should hopefully occupy the rest of the line so the LBs can operate in some space.
Oh, and that other star defensive player is none other than Kenny Tate, who suffered his own knee injury as well. The prognosis on him however is unclear, as the athletic department has yet to release any information on that injury, or how severe it is. Seriously, starting QB, SDE, backup SDE, OLB and SS all in a week. We must of really pissed someone off. MD just can't get passed the injury bug the past two years. Luckily, this year so far, outside of QB and SS, injuries have occurred where there is depth to cover it. Here is to hoping that Tate's injury is not severe and that he is back for the opener.