Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Maryland has seen a player sidelined for a significant period of time by a serious knee injury.
The latest Terrapin to suffer such a setback is Durell Nchami, with first-year head coach Mike Locksley confirming Tuesday that the linebacker has been diagnosed with a torn ACL. The true sophomore suffered the injury during a scrimmage this past Saturday.
Nchami, who will undergo surgery once the swelling subsides, will be sidelined for the entire 2019 season.
As a true freshman this past season, Nchami played in 10 games and was credited with 15 tackles, 4½ of which were for a loss. While not expected to start this season even before the injury, Nchami was expected to play an even bigger role in sub packages this year.
“[It’s a] blow to us because of depth, that’s a big concern for us,” Locksley said. “We’ve got a really strong core group of players, but our depth is an issue. So again, we’ve got to continue to find ways to keep our guys healthy and it’s a shame because he was actually playing really well, really taken the next step.”