Derting to be reevaluated in two weeks

Updated: August 17, 2004, 12:21 PM ET
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Middle linebacker Will Derting, one of the few experienced players on this season's Washington State team, has a dislocated left wrist and will be reevaluated in two weeks, the school said Monday night.

Defensive co-captain Derting suffered the injury in the Cougars' Sunday evening scrimmage at Martin Stadium.

After multiple X-rays and a CT scan Monday, the wrist was placed in a cast, the school said in a statement.

No other timetable was discussed for Derting's return to play.

As fall practices began last week, Washington State coach Bill Doba conceded that, except for Derting and safety Karl Paymah, the defense is inexperienced and young. But he said many who are competing for starting spots played well when it counted last season.

Sixteen starters graduated from last season's 10-3 team.

In other news, Washington State said Monday night that senior free safety Hamza Abdullah would undergo surgery on a torn ligament in his thumb. His status will be assessed Tuesday.


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