Four on the floor

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

This Edmonton Eskimos training camp injury update is brought to you by the No. 4.

That is the number of potential starters who joined the injury list during yesterday's single practice during Day 8 of camp next to Commonwealth Stadium.

In other words, it wasn't a good day for the Green and Gold.

None of the injuries seem serious at the moment, but the key is to ensure they don't become a major problem with the regular season starting June 28 in Regina.

Receiver Fred Stamps left practice with an apparent leg problem yesterday.

Fellow slotback Kelly Campbell - who is enjoying a stellar camp for a rookie - now has a quad injury.

Fullback Mathieu Bertrand can't seem to shake a groin pull.

And cornerback Jordan Younger completes the Fab Four list of newly injured players with a heel injury suffered yesterday when he pulled himself from practice after slipping while covering a receiver.

This all comes on the heels of defensive tackle Dario Romero taking yesterday off with a groin injury and Jason Tucker on the shelf for a seventh straight day with back spasms.

That is six potential starters on the sidelines right now.

Wear and tear on the body is expected after several back-to-back practices through eight days of training camp.

The alarm bells shouldn't be going off right now.

But the club has to be smart over the next two weeks in terms of rehabbing the injured bodies so everyone can be healthy to start the real season.

The first pre-season game is Friday in Calgary and everyone will want to play.

You can actually hear the frustration in Campbell's voice because he knows the countdown is on to Friday at McMahon Stadium.

"My left quad is locking up," said Campbell.

"It is very frustrating. I have been playing ball for over six years and I know how to overcome that frustration. But it is more frustrating being it is the week of the first pre-season game."

Of all the players on this injured list, Campbell is in the toughest battle to be a starter.

Bertrand is virtually guaranteed a job and is trying to take the right attitude right now.

"We don't have to be dumb and stupid with (the injury)," he said. "It is just a little pull right now (with the groin). We don't want something major."

QUICK HITS: ON THE GOOD NEWS FRONT, SAFETY STANFORD SAMUELS RETURNED YESTERDAY AFTER MISSING A FEW DAYS WITH A SHOULDER INJURY.

Defensive back Lenny Williams, who received his first reps yesterday, recovered from a deep bone bruise near his knee that had kept him on the sidelines for the camp.

FINISH LINES: TROY PINDELL HAS BEEN CUT, ONE DAY AFTER BEING SCREAMED AT BY ASSISTANT COACH DANNY KEPLEY FOR NOT GETTING ON THE FIELD IN TIME FOR A PUNT PLAY IN SATURDAY'S SCRIMMAGE IN SPRUCE GROVE.

The defensive back hadn't come close to working his way toward a starting spot in the secondary during the first week of camp.

JONATHAN.HUNTINGTON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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