Cardinal Football

Louisville Loses Defensive Captain In Season Opener

Chris Humphrey

Louisville defensive captain Jonathon Greenard played just a few snaps during the Cards season opener against Alabama.

The junior linebacker headed to the linebacker with a wrist injury in the first quarter and didn’t return.

Unfortunately, Greenard’s return won’t be anytime soon.

During Monday afternoon’s press conference Bobby Petrino made it clear that the Alabama native will miss some significant time.

“We’re going to be without him for a while, he has a ligament injury in his wrist,” Petrino said.

“It’s a significant injury, and we’re going to be without him for a while. I don’t even know the timetable on that, but it’s a shame because he worked extremely hard to prepare and get ready for the season. He landed on it really differently and injured it. The good thing is our guys adjusted and got better, we had a little lull there at one point, and I was really concerned. We talked about it, and coach (Brian) VanGorder [defensive coordinator] got them over on the sideline and talked about it. Then they came out and did a better job.”

Greenard was easily the most accomplished returning player on defense for the Cards.

Needless to say, Brian Van Gorder has his work cut out for him.

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