Terps' LB Kenny Tate to miss rest of season

Maryland linebacker Kenny Tate will miss the remainder of the season, the school announced on Sunday, but Maryland declined to say exactly what Tate's injury is, how it occurred or when it occurred. Tate will have surgery this week and be sidelined six to nine months. Tate will seek a medical redshirt in order to return in 2012. He has not utilized a redshirt season since enrolling at Maryland in 2008.

“I recently had a chance to sit down with Coach [Randy] Edsall, my family and the medical staff to discuss my options,” Tate said in a prepared statement. “This is the best course of action to get healthy and get back on the field next season.”

Tate has missed the past three games.

“It’s certainly a blow to our team to lose a player and leader of Kenny’s caliber, but we want to do what’s in his best interest,” Edsall said in a statement. “Our medical staff determined that surgery was the best way to proceed so that’s what we’re going to do.”

Tate, one of four team captains, had 35 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble in his four starts at outside linebacker this season. He has 197 tackles, seven interceptions and five forced fumbles in 40 career games (21 starts at safety and linebacker).