FALL CAMP DAY 5: Trainers take on prominent role

PULLMAN -- With Thursday's practice the first in full pads, harsh collisions were the order of the day. The injury list continues to grow, but coach Bill Doba said it's not as bad as it appears. Still, the names include Will Derting, Marty Martin and Michael Bumpus. Adding to the concern, an ambulance was required to take Martin to the hospital after a crushing hit by Husain Abdullah Thursday, although it appeared to be for purely precautionary measures.

Marty Martin (concussion), Will Derting (hamstring) and Michael Bumpus (hip flexor) are some of the new names now on an ever growing Cougar injury list.

Martin suffered the concussion shortly after 10am on Thursday. The 5-10, 188-pound receiver was charging hard out of his break during skelly and even got his hands on the pass before safety Husain Abdullah (6-0, 192) made a clean hit, leading with his shoulder. Martin hit the ground near the 20-yard line and there he stayed for the better part of a half hour but was moving all his extremities and was conscious.

Approximately 15 minutes after the hit, the ambulance arrived and eventually carried Martin away around 10:40 am.

"They're just being very, very cautious. He had a little neck pain and just wanted to make sure nothing was wrong," coach Bill Doba said.

It became apparent it wasn't as serious as it looked, and the coaches simply rerouted drills to avoid the area of the field on which Martin lay.

"They let us know he was alright and that was just precaution," said Bumpus. "Knowing (Martin) he'll be back here as soon as the let him or sooner than expected."

Update: Washington State issued a press release late Thursday afternoon on Martin's condition -- All test results were negative and Martin was back on campus earlier this afternoon. "He suffered a concussion and a neck sprain and will be out indefinitely," said WSU trainer Bill Drake in the release. "Hopefully, we can further pin down his status in the next 48 hours."

DERTING INJURED his left hamstring on the final play of practice Wednesday and missed today's session. The WSU training staff is is going to error on the side of caution at this early stage, and the All-America candidate will likely miss both tomorrow's two-a-days and the scrimmage on Saturday.

The training staff noted Derting has never had any problems with his hamstrings to date and they were going to be ultra-cautious in order not to push him back too soon lest he aggravate it further.

BUMPUS MISSED practice Thursday as well, but should return Friday or Saturday. He said the hip flexor pain he was experiencing is something he faces each summer.

"All it takes is a little rest," Bumpus said. "It's just getting back into things. Body has to adjust to the workouts and stuff again."

TIGHT END Jacob McKinney complained of knee pain Thursday morning before missing practice and seeing an orthopedist. Trainers are still determining his timeframe.

Also looking at short term absences are linebackers Alex Hamill (shoulder) and Lamar Brumfield (thigh bruise), said WSU trainer Brian Oelke. Thomas Ostrander (back), Cody Boyd (ankle), Chris Jordan (knee) and Dan Rowlands (gall bladder surgery) were other players on the "Did not practice" list Thursday.

IF ALL THAT sounds dire, Doba said most of the injured players are suffering from minor afflictions due as much to conditioning drills as to football contact.

"You have to know the difference between pain and injury," Doba said. "This part of camp, you're not going to feel perfect."

"You go through training camp on pins and needles, hoping everybody stays healthy," Doba said. "You've got to hit enough, play enough football and have enough contact to get your team ready, but you also want to try to get to that first game healthy. "There's a fine line between too much and not enough and that's what keeps me up at night."

For more on the highlights from Day Five, including the play of the day between Alex Brink and Jason Hill, a rushing play authored by DeMaundray Woolridge that was a thing of beauty, the prospects for Fevaea'i Ahmu to earn playing time as a true freshman, plus the player coach Ken Greene calls "Seabiscuit", use this link.

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