Andrew Gonnella Injury: Maryland Senior Suffers Serious Leg Injury

Maryland senior Andrew Gonnella left the field in an ambulance on Saturday after suffering a serious leg injury.

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Andrew Gonnella Injury: Maryland Senior Suffers Compound Fracture To Leg

Maryland senior offensive lineman Andrew Gonnella, who left Saturday's game in an ambulance, reportedly suffered a compound fracture in his leg, meaning a broken bone pierced through his skin.

"I didn't see what happened, but I heard people saying there was bone sticking out," safety Eric Franklin said, according to the Washington Times. "We just have to keep him on our prayers and hope for a speedy recovery."

Gonnella was injured during the fourth quarter of Maryland's loss to Georgia Tech. The game was stopped for roughly 15 minutes while he was tended to on the field. The injury occurred in the middle of the pile and was not readily apparent on television; ESPN opted against showing the replay, apparently because it was deemed too gruesome.

Without giving specific details on Gonnella's injury, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall heaped praise on the senior in his post-game comments. 

"If he can't come back, he's going to be sorely missed," Edsall said. "He's been a great leader for us, and just a guy who loves the game of football. ... Now we have to take a piece of him and go out there and play for him as well."

Gonnella is Maryland's only senior on the offensive line. The Terrapins trailed for most of Saturday's game but showed signs of life by scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The rally fell short, however, as the No. 13-ranked Yellow Jackets held on for the 21-16 win.

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Andrew Gonnella Injury: Maryland Senior Suffers Leg Injury, Leaves Field In Ambulance

Andrew Gonnella, Maryland's lone senior on the offensive line, left Saturday's game against Georiga Tech in the fourth quarter with a serious leg injury -- so serious, in fact, that he needed to leave the field in an ambulance. The game was stopped for about 14 minutes while Gonnella was being tended to on the field. From Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun:

Terps :OL Andrew Gonnella raised his arm and waved as he was placed into ambulance. His bare left foot was being elevated.
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Early speculation on Twitter is that Gonnella suffered a compound fracture in his leg, meaning the bone broke through his skin. This has not been officially confirmed, though, and is likely pure speculation considering the injury was so gruesome that ESPN decided against showing the replay. Either way, it's clearly a serious injury, and one that may cost him the rest of the season. 

Before Gonnella's injury, Maryland looked like they had a chance to upset Georgia Tech, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Yellow Jackets held on, though, winning 21-16. The Terrapins fall to 2-3 on the season, while Georgia Tech preserved their perfect record, winning their sixth straight. 

All your news about the Yellow Jackets is at Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat. To commiserate about the Terps, head over to Maryland blog Testudo Times.

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