Walking wounded

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:00 AM ET

There isn't a MASH unit set up at Clarke Stadium yet, but the Edmonton Eskimos certainly have a long list of walking wounded after just the first day of training camp.

Seven players didn't participate in either practice yesterday, while another three are still dealing with after-effects from off-season surgeries.

Besides the continued absence of injured linebacker Steven Marsh, the biggest health issues for the Esks involve veterans Dwayne Morgan, William Loftus and Dahrran Diedrick.

With a young and unproven offensive line, the Green and Gold signed Morgan - a 10-year pro between the CFL and NFL - in the off-season. But team doctors and coaches aren't allowing the import left tackle on the field.

"He just has a leg injury," said head coach Danny Maciocia, who was rather reluctant to reveal any specifics about the injury.

"It's nothing serious, it just needs to be rehabbed."

What is certain is the Esks will be without Loftus for at least a few weeks due to rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder in January.

A valuable non-import, Loftus played every game last year - either in the secondary or on special teams.

"It was the last series of the (West semifinal) and Jeremaine Copeland was coming on a quick slant," said Loftus, recalling how the injury happened. "I came up to make a tackle and I felt it right away. You can play through it for a little while, but you need surgery to repair it because the tendons don't heal by themselves."

Diedrick is coming off surgery for bone spurs on his right big toe. Although he was favouring the toe in early-morning practice yesterday, he was able to participate in drills.

But after the short break between practices - about the length of a normal halftime - it was a different story.

"That little break we had wasn't good," said the non-import running back. It got kind of sore on me."

SHORT HITS: Running back Mike Bradley and long-snapper Taylor Inglis were on the field yesterday, but neither is at 100% because of major ACL surgery in the off-season ... Rookie running back Nicolas Bisaillon injured his left leg in the first practice.

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HURT PARADE

PLAYERS WHO DIDN'T PRACTISE ON DAY 1

Dwayne Morgan (OL) - leg

William Loftus (DB) - shoulder

Malcolm Frank (DB) - death in family

A.J. Gass (LB) - death in family

Steven Marsh (LB) - ACL

Jason Nugent (DB) - ACL

Brent Hafford (DB) - sinus

CARRYING INJURIES

Dahrran Diedrick (RB) - toe

Mike Bradley (RB) - ACL

Taylor Inglis (long snapper) - ACL

Nicolas Bisaillon (RB) - leg


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