Watson Injured at Practice

Maryland fullback Taylor Watson was injured yesterday during practice.

Soon after the Terps took to the field Thursday for their second spring practice, prospective first-string junior fullback Taylor Watson hurt his right knee, potentially sidelining him for the next six months.

Head Coach Ralph Friedgen expressed concern that the injury might be ACL-related. A 9 a.m. Friday MRI will determine if this is the case, and depending on the severity of the injury, according to Friedgen, Watson could be out until the middle of September, after the regular season begins.

Watson is the first player to suffer an injury this spring, and juniors Haroon Brown, Louis Berman and Paul Lariviere will work in his place.

Watson's absence will give Brown, who is listed as the second fullback on Maryland's depth chart, an opportunity to prove his reliability.

“Haroon has all the ability to be a good player,” Friedgen said. “His issue is consistency.” But Friedgen remained optimistic, adding that adversity, such as that created by an injury, can sometimes turn into a blessing.

Of course, injuries are inevitable in any sport. Watson's absence, however long it lasts, will test the resilience, character and solidarity of the 2010 Maryland Terrapins.

Starting with the next practice Saturday, they will have another opportunity to set the tone for the remainder of the offseason, which will progress into the regular season.

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