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MM 9.12: Updating the latest football injuries

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Maryland Football Tyrrell Pigrome vs Rutgers Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

As Maryland football prepares for its Week 3 game against Temple in Philadelphia, numerous Terps are dealing with injuries.

First off is backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, who did not participate in Tuesday’s practice. He arrived about a half hour late as the open session for media was wrapping up, and he wasn’t in pads, nor did he have a helmet.

According to head coach Mike Locksley, that was due to back spasms. But the redshirt junior was back at practice in full gear on Wednesday, though he wasn’t a full participant.

“He’s just got back spasms,” Locksley said after practice on Wednesday. “It locked up on him [Tuesday]. If you’ve had those before, you know that you never know when it’s going to go away. But he practiced today some. He’s still a little tight, but my expectation is we’ll rehab him and treat it, and hopefully we’ll get something out of him tomorrow a little bit more than we got today.”

However, Locksley remains optimistic about his status for Saturday’s game against the Owls.

“Right now, I think he’ll play,” he said. “The expectation is that he’ll be available.”

Next up is transfer linebacker Shaq Smith, who was actually held out of Saturday’s win over Syracuse with a groin ailment. He had participated in practice most of last week, only sitting out the Friday before Week 2. The team had planned for him to play but ultimately decided not to risk it after he wasn’t 100 percent during pregame warmups.

Fortunately for him and the team, the graduate student was back at practice the last two days, which means he could be able return to the field this week.

“Shaq practiced today and yesterday,” Locksley said. “He was a game-time decision Saturday, and he could just not get it going. But it looks like he’s pretty good for this week. He’s really the only questionable.”

Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Sean Nelson isn’t likely to suit up on Saturday for the Terps. He had his first career catch in the season opener against Howard, a six-yard touchdown grab from quarterback Josh Jackson, but it seems like he’ll be missing time going forward.

“Sean Nelson has a high-ankle,” Locksley said. “He’s missed the last two days of work. I doubt that he will be available for Saturday.”

Finally, right tackle Marcus Minor was “nicked up” during the victory over the Orange, according to Locksley, but the head coach said Tuesday that he’s expected to play on Saturday against Temple.

In other news

On this week’s Testudo Times Podcast, Matt, Lila and Cody evaluated the Maryland football hype and previewed the upcoming game against Temple.

Maryland men’s soccer has had to deal with a number of injuries, and Henry detailed who needs to step up in wake of the absences.

Austin profiled Maryland field hockey goaltender Noelle Frost, who was gearing up to face Towson nearly two years following her collegiate debut against the Tigers. On Wednesday, she posted a shutout in the Terps’ 5-0 victory.

Maryland women’s soccer has a match against Temple tonight at 7 ET. Check out Mike’s preview here.

Want to relive the action from Maryland football’s win against Syracuse? Check out some of the highlights courtesy of BTN.

Check out some former Terps who are now in the NBA.

Maryland volleyball released its latest hype video ahead of its tournament this weekend.

Maryland softball’s new head coach, Mark Montgomery, was introduced on Monday. Check out some of his impressive coaching stats.