The Louisville offense has been without one of its primary big-play threats for the past three weeks as wide receiver Jaylen Smith has been sidelined with a wrist injury.
In his weekly teleconference Wednesday, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino offered some good news about Smith’s recovery. Petrino said Smith practiced Tuesday.
“He was out there last night and ran around, caught the ball,” Petrino said. “It’s a day-by-day thing. We’ll see how he progresses as the week goes on.”
While Smith’s status for the Cardinals’ Week 7 game against Boston College is still in doubt, Smith, who caught 22 passes for 379 yards in the team’s first three games of the season, appears to be showing signs of progress.
The Louisville offense as a whole has been banged up in recent weeks, particularly at running back. The team announced Monday that Colin Wilson is done for the season with a torn ACL, and Petrino said this week that Malik Williams is “probably going to be out for a while” with a wrist injury suffered against N.C. State.
Petrino said Wednesday that the team will turn to Trey Smith, Tobias Little and Dave Williams, who have combined for 15 carries through six games this season, to compliment starter Reggie Bonnafon.
In other injury news, Petrino declined to update the status of linebacker Stacy Thomas, who left Thursday’s game with a right leg injury and did not return.
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