"After looking at the X-Ray and consulting with our team doctors, it was revealed that Scott Long suffered a broken bone in his foot and will have surgery in the next couple days to aide his recovery," Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe said.
Long emerged from spring practice as the Cardinals new go-to wide out. He did nothing early in fall camp to suggest he wouldn't be Hunter Cantwell's top target. In fact, Long caught three touchdowns in Louisville's first fall camp scrimmage last Thursday. Clearly, his loss is a big one for a Louisville offense that boasts several inexperienced wide receivers.
"I'm uncertain at this time how long he will be out of action," said Kragthorpe. "I've had players with similar injuries respond quickly, and it's my hope that Scott can respond quickly in this instance. We wish him a speedy recovery, but we are lucky to have capable depth behind him to pick up the production in his absence."
Now less than two weeks from the season-opener against Kentucky on August 31, Louisville must quickly find some receivers to step up and fill Long's shoes assuming he's not ready to go against the Wildcats.
That could be the tricky part. While Long caught 27 passes last season, wide receiver Chris Vaughn is the only Louisville wide receiver expected to play against Kentucky that caught a pass last season.
While Vaughn caught just two passes, sophomores Doug Beaumont and Troy Pascley didn't record a reception last season. Josh Chichester, another receiver expected to play against Kentucky, redshirted last year. Vaughn caught one touchdown pass in last week's scrimmage.