The Cards season opening win against Purdue provided both joy and concern. Louisville’s senseless penalties and terribly timed fumbles weren’t the biggest concern.
Preseason first team all american Jaire Alexander needed to be helped off the field in the first quarter after suffering a knee injury while trying to return a blocked field goal. Alexander was helped over to the injury tent on the sideline and never returned.
Needless to say, most feared that Alexander’s injury was serious. Although we still don’t know the official diagnosis, it does appear that the injury is not ligament related and Alexander could be back on the field pretty soon.
“I do think that the news is not bad,” Petrino said following the game. “We gotta get the images and all that, but the initial report I got was that it’s pretty good. I don’t know exactly what it is, but I did get good news on the sideline.”
Gentry Estes of the Courier-Journal spoke with Alexander’s father who said the injury is not major and that his son is day-to-day. He also went on to say that the injury could’ve been a lot worse than it actually was.
I assume the staff will be very careful with Alexander this week. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s held out for Saturday’s game at North Carolina in order to make sure he’s fully ready to go in week three against Clemson.
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.