To say the Louisville Cardinals have been bitten by the injury bug would be a missive understatement. During his Monday afternoon press conference Petrino provided an injury update after multiple players missed recent games and multiple players left Thursday’s game with an injury and didn’t return.
Malik Williams went down in the fourth quarter with what looked to be a serious arm injury. Petrino said on Monday that the senior running back will be out “for a while.”
Stacy Thomas also left Thursday’s game and didn’t return. The senior will not play Saturday against Boston College, but Petrino seemed optimistic about Thomas returning in the near future. He’s recovering from a strained knee.
Running back Colin Wilson left the Murray State game with a knee injury. There was no official announcement on his status, but Petrino confirmed on Monday afternoon that the freshman will miss the rest of the season.
Jaylen Smith has missed the past three games for the Cards after having a great start to the season. Smith hasn’t played since suffering a wrist injury against Clemson. Petrino says Smith will have the chance to try and practice this week. I’d be surprised if he plays against Boston College.
Jaire Alexander played just one quarter until returning to the field on Thursday against North Carolina State. Alexander didn’t start, but was brought in for Red Zone stops and played sparingly. Petrino says Alexander should be ready to return on Saturday. I assume he didn’t get a ton of reps on Thursday due to him not being back to playing shape yet.
Defensive lineman Drew Bailey has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain and has been limited for the past four of five games.
At least eight players who would’ve been contributors in some way have missed time so far this season, including two season ending injuries that happened weeks ago. Senior running back Jeremy Smith suffered a toe injury that ended his season after week one. Junior receiver Devante Peete suffered a torn ACL in fall camp.
JD Coffey joined on as a contributor for TheCardinalConnect.com in June of 2011. He’s a frequest on-air contributor for Cards Radio 790 WKRD. Follow JD on Twitter @JD_Coffey.