Louisville football: Injury report

The University of Louisville football team suffered several key injuries during Saturday's opener against Auburn in the Georgia Dome. U of L coach Bobby Petrino updated the media on the status of several players, including James Quick, on Monday.

The University of Louisville football team lost two key players on offense - James Quick and Cole Hikutini - during Saturday's 31-24 loss to Auburn in the season-opener at the Georgia Dome.

On Monday, U of L coach Bobby Petrino delivered some good news on the injury front.

While Quick is not expected to play against Houston on Saturday, the junior from Trinity High School doesn't have an injury to his Achilles, which was originally feared by the U of L folks. Petrino said it's a severely sprained ankle.

"I’m not real encouraged," Petrino said of Quick playing this week. “I guess the encouraging thing is it’s not an Achilles. That was one of the thoughts, that it might be because of where he said the pain was at. But it’s not Achilles.

"I don’t know the amount of time that he’ll miss. There has been some improvement in the last hours. He’s still in a lot of pain."

Quick, who had four catches for 28 yards and was the leader of a young wide receiver group, was injured in the fourth quarter while he was blocking down field on a run play.

"It’s just a shame," Petrino said. "It was kind of away from the play. It was just a really weird deal. He kind of stopped and the guy fell on top of him. His ankle went under."

Hikutini, a junior-college transfer at tight end, started the game for the Cardinals but was injured in the second quarter. He went up for a reception on the Auburn sidelines and landed on his shoulder.

Petrino said he wasn't positive but thought Hikutini could play on Saturday.

Jamari Staples, who missed last week's game with a knee injury, and Alphonso Carter, who has missed all fall camp with a hamstring issue, are not likely to play on Saturday.

Petrino said he wasn't sure but hopes to get freshman Emonee Spence (hamstring) back.

U of L will host Houston on Saturday at noon.

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