Terps' Perry adds groin pull to injuries

opener in doubt

College Football

August 21, 2002|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland tailback Bruce Perry, who has been struggling with an abdominal injury for the past eight months, suffered a groin pull before a scrimmage yesterday, putting his availability in doubt for the season opener.

On a day that the big news was to be the choice between Chris Kelley and Scott McBrien at quarterback, Perry was hurt participating in a goal-line drill.

He told coach Ralph Friedgen the pain began when he continued his running motion after a lineman stepped on his foot. He is expected to have a magnetic resonance imaging exam today.

With 10 days remaining before the Terrapins play Notre Dame in East Rutherford, N.J., Friedgen seemed pessimistic about having Perry, who rushed for 1,242 yards last season.

"From what the doctors tell me, it could be serious," the coach said. "We want to make sure on this MRI."

Perry, who declined to comment yesterday, seemed to be making progress on an abdominal injury that healed slowly.

He had been able to perform in the last five practices before Saturday. "Bruce is pushing through things right now," Friedgen said.

Perry's absence would open the door for second-year freshman Mario Merrills (Wilde Lake) - who had several long runs during the scrimmage - sophomore Jason Crawford and first-year player Josh Allen.

"What's frustrating is that people say he's well and he isn't - this isn't even related to his other injury," Friedgen said. "It's something different, so I know he's frustrated by that."

Regarding quarterback, the coach hinted he could take longer to decide between McBrien and Kelley than the 10-day deadline he has proclaimed since April, and even make it a game day decision.

NOTE: Reserve defensive back Tyrone Stewart is out indefinitely with a concussion.

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