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Matt Robinson out 3-4 weeks with shoulder injury

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The Terrapins will be without their leading tackler for a few weeks.

Rob Carr

Maryland linebacker Matt Robinson will miss three-to-four weeks with a shoulder injury, leaving the Terrapins with a sizable hole in their short pass coverage.

The former safety had done a phenomenal job for the Terps this season defending tight ends, running backs and even slot receivers, but suffered the injury this week and may return for Maryland's November 9 date with Syracuse (also the likely return for starting cornerback Jeremiah Johnson).

Robinson was tied for the team lead in tackles, with 31 through five games. He got off to a great start in 2012, with 26 tackles and an interception through five games, but missed the rest of the year with a shoulder injury.

In his place, Maryland will start Alex Twine, who received an injury in the team's dramatic Saturday win over Virginia. Twine has 20 tackles this season, including nine in the game against the Cavaliers. He played very well as a freshman in 2011, with 44 tackles.

Twine is a very able replacement, but where Maryland could get into trouble is in that short passing game. Virginia tight end Jake McGee, one of the best in the conference, burnt the Terrapins for eight catches and 114 yards in the game.