Following last Saturday's 46-22 win over Cincinnati, Louisville's first in Big East Conference play, Bobby Petrino's team welcomed an open weekend as a number of injured Cardinals continue to get closer to returning to game action.
Junior running back Kolby Smith, who injured his knee during the Cardinals 69-14 win over North Carolina over two weeks ago has returned to practice. Smith has rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns and will be available for the November 3rd contest against Pittsburgh.
Also back practicing and cleared to play against Pittsburgh is outside linebacker Abe Brown. Brown has missed the last three games, but still ranks 10th on the team with 23 tackles, which includes three stops for a loss and a sack.
Unfortunately for senior receiver Broderick Clark the news isn't as good. Clark, who hasn't played since the early minutes of U of L's 63-27 home win over Oregon State, will miss the remainder of the 2005 season. The Birmingham native is scheduled for surgery on Monday and will likely apply for a medical redshirt.
The return of Super Mario will most likely not happen when Pittsburgh visits for the Thursday night ESPN game. Mario Urrutia continues to rehab and is considered doubtful, if not out, for the game against the Panthers. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound receiver has 25 catches for 577 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season.
Matt Sanders, who started the season-opener at Kentucky, recently had surgery and is optimistic about returning for the 2006 season.