Brohm throwing again; Status still uncertain

Brian Brohm threw a football for the first time Monday morning since tearing ligaments in his right thumb nearly a month ago against Miami. Whether or not he'll play Saturday against Cincinnati remains uncertain. Brohm and Louisville coach Bobby Petrino discussed the situation Monday afternoon.

Brian Brohm threw a football for the first time Monday morning since tearing ligaments in his right thumb nearly a month ago against Miami. Whether or not he'll play Saturday against Cincinnati remains uncertain.

"Brian went out and threw this morning – he did a little progression throwing, five yards, ten yards, and backed it up," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "He felt good about it."

Before hitting the practice field for his first throws since injuring the thumb in the second half against the Hurricanes, Brohm made his weekly stop to check in with doctors and to get a new splint taped onto his right hand.

"It felt good," Brohm said of his morning tosses. "I really wasn't in that much pain. It's just a matter of getting the strength back in it so I can put the zip on the ball that I need to actually play."

According to Petrino, Brohm will be closely monitored during practice this week to determine his playing status for Louisville's Big East opener against the Bearcats.

"Our plan is for him to go out and throw some routes with the receivers today and see how he feels," Petrino said. "(Trainer) Dewayne (Trelo), Brian and the doctors will decide when he actually takes a snap. I think they're a little nervous about actually taking a snap from the center, but he felt good about the way he threw the ball this morning just playing catch."

Brohm said he'll try to take some snaps as early as this afternoon.

"I'm going to try to take some today right before practice," he said. "We don't want to put too much impact on the joint, but the split should help with that."


Brohm threw the ball for the first
time since injuring his thumb
Monday morning.

Brohm said he threw the ball 40-45 yards down the field Monday morning. He proclaimed the strength of his grip on the football at 60-65 percent, noting, "It's been coming along pretty quickly the last week or so. I've been gaining noticeable strength each day."

Brohm admitted there will be a certain level of rustiness coming back from the injury and realizes he has several hurdles to overcome before he's able to perform like he wants.

"The thumb is a major part of throwing the football," Brohm explained. "I'll have to work on my release, getting the spiral down and the zip back this whole week. I've had to get the range of motion back so I can put some pressure on the ball and grip it. I got that back last Friday. It's still not as strong as it probably needs to be to play in a game, but I pretty happy with how I'm throwing the ball."

Is there a chance he'll play against Cincinnati?

"We'll have to see how the week goes, see what he can do and how he progresses," Petrino said. "If he's ready to play, I'll probably play him. That sounds like a good idea to me."

"I could play," Brohm said. "It's a matter of would that be in the best interests for the team. I think I could play a game right now, but it wouldn't be the normal Brian Brohm that you're used to seeing out there.

If he does play, it likely would be in a reserve capacity to Hunter Cantwell, who has started the past two games – both wins - against Kansas State and Middle Tennessee.

"We'll get to see him throw some routes today, and then see how he does tomorrow," Petrino said. "Is there going to be swelling? Is there going to be soreness? We'll just let the week play out and hopefully he'll get better each day and be ready to play."

There's no question Brohm wants to return this week to play against Cincinnati.

"If I can throw it the way I want to, I'll play," Brohm said. "The main concern about coming back is not throwing the ball, it's taking snaps and getting it banged again."


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