The University of Louisville football team continued preparation for the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl on Monday but one key player had a different look.
Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who suffered a broken left wrist in the second-to-last game of the regular-season, had his cast removed on Monday morning and was able to do more in practice than he had been doing.
Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said Bridgewater was "back to being himself," noting that he would be able to go under center when the Cardinals face Florida in the BCS bowl game in New Orleans.
"We're out of the cast now and that was the big thing we were waiting on," Watson said. "He's moving around with his ankle and today we actually ballhandled. He's coming along."
Bridgewater, who was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year, suffered the injury on the final play of the first half against UConn. He came back in the second half to rally the Cardinals before losing in overtime and also sprained his left ankle.
In a 20-17 win over Rutgers, Bridgewater didn't start but came in and threw a pair of TD passes in the second half to help rally the Cardinals.
The former Miami Northwestern star has thrown for 3,452 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. He had two 400-yard passing games and has completed 69 percent of his passes.
The Cardinals have three more practices before taking a few days off for the Christmas holidays. U of L will travel to New Orleans on Dec. 27.