During the University of Louisville's 34-3 win at Florida International on Saturday afternoon, starting quarterback Will Gardner and reserve running back L.J. Scott both left the game with injuries and did not return.
Gardner, who has started all four games for the Cardinals, left the game at FIU Stadium early in the third quarter after a late hit to his right knee. He received attention from the U of L medical staff during the game, but was left out for precautionary reasons.
The sophomore, who has twice suffered an ACL tear in the same knee, spent much of Monday morning visiting with the team doctors and an update on his availability for Saturday's home contest against Wake Forest remains in the air.
“I don't know a whole lot just yet,” Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino said during his Monday afternoon press conference. “He's sore and there's swelling.”
Prior to leaving the game, Gardner was 16 of 28 for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Through four games he has completed 63 of 112 attempts for 798 yards and 8 touchdowns. He's had two passes intercepted and has lost five fumbles.
Petrino indicated that he will receive an additional update later in the day.
“It could be a day-to-day deal, as far as I know,” he said.
Freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon didn't travel with the team to Miami due to the passing of his father, but returned to normal practice with the team on Sunday. He is available if needed this weekend.
Freshman running back L.J. Scott also left the game during the third quarter and was eventually carted off to the locker room. Despite concerns of a potential high ankle sprain, Scott's recovery was promising on Sunday.
“L.J. got his ankle dinged and they took him off and x-rayed it, but it was negative,” Petrino explained. “He actually looked better yesterday than I anticipated.”
Senior running back Michael Dyer saw his first action of the season and despite some soreness is healthy for Saturday's contest.
Petrino reported no other injuries.