When Desmond Kearse left the Sept. 25 game against Florida International with ankle and knee injuries, it didn't seem as though he would be out too long.
Maybe a week. Perhaps two. Nothing to really justify the possibility a couple readers floated shortly thereafter: "Medical redshirt."
(As an aside, the NCAA's preferred phrase and technical term for that is "medical hardship waiver.")
Anyway, Kearse has missed the last four games, will sit out Saturday at Miami and shows no signs of being ready to contribute soon.
He has a "high, high ankle sprain," said coach Ralph Friedgen, who added Kearse has a shin problem as well. "He's still hobbling around."
Which swings things back around to the medical hardship waiver.
An athlete can compete in up to 30 percent of his team's games in the first half of a season and still be eligible for a waiver. Kearse played in three games, which is 25 percent of the regular season, and has not played in the second half of the season.
As a result, the waiver could be an offseason priority for the Terps.
"We'll try to get that," Friedgen said.
Based on the rules, it's definitely doable. And based on how it sounds like Kearse is faring, it will probably make sense for Maryland to go that route if he can't make a meaningful contribution in November.