The news of the weekend out of College Park was the loss of tight end Lansford Watson to a slightly torn MCL.
OK, that wasn't the news. The junior's injury was known about in the first couple days of camp.
The more relevant development was coach Ralph Friedgen's decision to tell reporters Watson will undergo season-ending surgery this week. Given Watson's inability to practice, this seemed like a possible outcome for more than a week.
There's also a trickle-down through the entire banged-up tight end unit. They include ...
* Devonte Campbell, whenever he returns from his concussion, will almost certainly be Maryland's top receiving tight end. In fact, here's a prediction: The sophomore will have more receptions at season's end than the rest of the Terrapins' tight end corps combined.
* Sophomore Matt Furstenburg could easily turn into the Terps' top blocking tight end. Furstenburg played off and on the last two years, but he's managed to stay mostly healthy throughout camp and is probably the biggest individual beneficiary of Watson's injury this season.
* Will Yeatman will surely have a role when he returns from a broken finger in September. The Notre Dame transfer already was pushing Maryland's holdovers when he got hurt, and was likely to provide some help regardless. Minus Watson, the Terps might need him to provide a lift with both his blocking and receiving.
* At the least, Dave Stinebaugh and Ryan Schlothauer could help out on special teams and maybe goal line formations. If the Terps ever use a set with three tight ends --- particularly before Yeatman returns --- one of these guys will be needed. Tight ends also often occupy a place on Maryland's kickoff return team, and that might be a way for the Terps to get both Baltimore County products some experience.
As for Watson, he would be a longshot possibility to collect a sixth year of eligibility via medical hardship. He did redshirt in 2007, undergoing surgery to correct a meniscus tear during camp. But he probably wasn't going to play that season anyway, so injuries have really only cost Watson one season rather than two. That usually isn't enough for the NCAA to grant an extra year.