But Cardinals' head coach Bobby Petrino had some good news to report Monday afternoon during his weekly press conference.
"We should have Amobi (Okoye) back," Petrino said. "I think he'll be back. He ran (Sunday) night and looked pretty good running (but) he still has a ways to go to be full speed."
Redshirt freshman Adrian Grady stepped in for Okoye against the Owls and was impressive while making his first start. The 6-2, 295-pound Grady recorded four tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.
Junior offensive tackle Renardo Foster also appears nearly ready to return to full-time action. Foster, who had surgery last season after injuring his knee against East Carolina, played his first snaps of the season during the second half against FAU.
Foster saw his first action this
season against FAU.
"He feels real good in the passing game and being able to pass protect, but he doesn't feel quite like he's used to in the running game and being able to get down low and come off the ball," added Petrino. "But he's improving on that and he ran (Sunday) much better than he had previous Sundays."
"Gary Barnidge is still up in the air (and) I'm not sure if he'll be able to go or not (vs. North Carolina)," Petrino said. "He still has an ankle (injury) and he did not run (yesterday) but is riding the bike. He looked pretty good riding the bike and he's getting some flexibility back."
Petrino sounded pleased with Barnidge's replacements against the Owls.
And though he's not injured, senior linebacker Brandon Johnson's status remains unsettled. Johnson, Louisville's leading returning tackler, didn't play a defensive snap against FAU for disciplinary reasons - though he did see action with the kick off coverage unit.
"We'll have to see how he practices," Petrino said. "It's up to him."