Hamdan returns; an explanation on injuries

By Chadd Cripe

Boise State junior quarterback Bush Hamdan took snaps this morning during the first of two Broncos practices.

Hamdan missed Saturday’s scrimmage because of a sore hand, the result of hitting it on a helmet during practice last week.

Senior Taylor Tharp took most of the snaps with the first-team offense. Sophomore Nick Lomax, who played well in the scrimmage, also took some snaps with the first team. Hamdan played mostly with the second team.

The offense, which performed well in the scrimmage, was out of synch for most of the practice. The wide receivers couldn’t hang onto the ball during 1-on-1s, the timing was off on several pass plays and the offense committed at least four turnovers.

On defense, the secondary looked good. Freshman safety Jeron Johnson made a nice interception and the cornerbacks — from starter Kyle Wilson to true freshman Brandyn Thompson — often were in tight coverage.

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Here’s the deal on injuries, since I know some people were upset that we didn’t report Hamdan’s injury last week.

Boise State practices are closed to the public. Media members are allowed to attend, but with conditions. The biggest: We can’t report injuries without permission from coach Chris Petersen. His predecessor, Dan Hawkins, had a similar policy.

The minute I start reporting injuries, Petersen will kick me out and probably close practices for good. We can learn a lot from the practices, so we have agreed to his rules. He also has agreed that he will talk about major injuries; he just doesn’t want every minor, two- or three-day injury reported, especially during the season.

Hamdan’s injury became fair game Saturday when the public was allowed to attend practice and see that he was not practicing. Same with the sprained ankle of safety Marty Tadman and a couple other key players who weren’t practicing.

It’s not ideal, but it’s better than being locked out of practice and left uninformed about what is going on with the team.