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Terps OL breaks both legs in scooter mishap

Updating a story from earlier this morning, Maryland has released a statement on the condition of offensive lineman Pete DeSouza following a late-night accident, and it’s not good news regarding the redshirt freshman’s ability to finish the 2010 season.

On the other hand, it is good news regarding his ability to continue living.

DeSouza suffered fractures in both of his legs Thursday when a vehicle turned into the path of the scooter he was driving.  Needless to say, DeSouza will miss the remainder of the year, but is expected to make a full recovery.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Pete and his family, and we’ll help them anyway we can,” head coach Ralph Friedgen said in a statement. “We hope he makes a speedy recovery.”

DeSouza, who became the Terps’ starting right tackle when a season-ending injury at left tackle pushed him into the offensive line mix, underwent surgery Friday morning and will remain hospitalized through the weekend.

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8 Responses to “Terps OL breaks both legs in scooter mishap”
  1. Cubano says: Oct 22, 2010 12:37 PM

    Damn, tough break for this kid. Best of luck and a speedy recovery Pete.

  2. Florida727 says: Oct 22, 2010 4:11 PM

    John, you made a comment about the good news being he’ll be able to “continue living”. Was that in doubt? How serious was this?
    I’m no Terp fan, but definitely hate to see something like this happen… to anyone.
    Get well soon, Pete. Hope you can continue your playing career sometime in the future.

  3. John Taylor says: Oct 22, 2010 4:18 PM

    @ Florida727: No, that was just a general statement made with the knowledge that he and his scooter took on a full-sized vehicle while both were in motion. There were initial reports that he suffered very serious injuries, which some people might construe as being potentially life threatening, which I think played a part in the school labeling them “non-life threatening” when they issued their release.

  4. BAtkins63 says: Oct 22, 2010 5:59 PM

    Gee. tough deal. I hope the kid is going to be O.K.
    I’m not sure what has changed over the past 30 yrs., but while I was on scholarship we weren’t allowed to ride scooters, motor cycles – including dirt bikes, etc., or participate in other sports outside of university supervision/control. Meaning, no redneck football when at home on break. No basketball either due to the possibility of ankle injuries.
    Different times I suppose.
    Get well soon, kid.

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