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Martin's Gruesome Hand Injury

Linebacker Cam Martin has had his share of injuries since he has come to Virginia Tech, including but not limited to: two hernias, a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and a right elbow injury that has prevented him from straightening his arm.

In the Hokies’ 52-10 win over Marshall on Saturday, Martin added to the long list. He broke the middle finger on his right hand. The bone punctured the skin.

“I didn’t know my finger was snapped,” said Martin, who earned the defensive game ball from the coaches after making six tackles, including one for loss. “I thought it was jammed or something.”

He does not expect to miss time because of the injury when No. 13 Virginia Tech (1-1) hosts No. 19 Nebraska (2-0) on Saturday. Martin’s role has been limited this season because of nagging difficulty with his right knee.

Martin said the injury happened on his first play of the game, which came toward the end of the first quarter. A Marshall player tried to chop-block him, and Martin said he either hit his hand on the player’s helmet or the ground as he tried to fend off the block.

He initially thought his finger was jammed. When he came to the sideline after that series, he said his glove was filled with blood. He applied a band-aid and taped up the finger. He said his finger did not hurt him because of his adrenaline. But at halftime, he was told the bone pierced the skin and that he would need to have it stitched.

“After they had to go in and sew it up,” Martin said, “I got the vibe it was more serious.”

Martin said his finger felt “pretty terrible” in the days after the game. But he said he would be ready to play against the Cornhuskers. Martin said he would wear a cast or some sort of brace to help secure his finger.

“Even though I had a decent game last week, I couldn’t catch a break,” said Martin, whose career has been plagued by injuries. “You still come out of the game with a snapped finger.”

By Mark Viera  |  September 15, 2009; 6:03 PM ET
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