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C.J. Brown Injury: Maryland Could Pursue Sixth Year Of Eligibility

The University of Maryland may inquire about the possibility of injured quarterback C.J. Brown receiving a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

After suffering a tear to his right ACL during practice on Tuesday evening, Brown is expected to miss the entirety of the 2012 season, which marks the second time during his attendance at Maryland that he has missed a full year due to injury.

Per NCAA rules, players are allowed five seasons to complete four years of eligibility unless the player misses two full seasons, which allows them to submit for a hardship waiver for a sixth year.

However, Brown played a handful of snaps during the 2010 season when he broke his collarbone, which may cause some issues in acquiring the potential extra year. With that dynamic in place, there is precedent for players receiving sixth years despite playing in some games.

Maryland defensive back Richard Taylor tore his ACL in 2007 forcing him to miss the entire year and then played in three games in 2008 prior to suffering another knee injury that once again ended his season.

The NCAA granted him six years of eligibility.

According to a report in the Washington Times, Brown, his father and Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall have already discussed this course of action but will wait to make a final decision following the completion of the quarterback's fifth season.

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