Injury report: Anderson out 2-3 weeks

Zach Anderson

With senior defensive end Zach Anderson sidelined for two to three weeks, U of L head coach Bobby Petrino will look to Brandon Cox and Jonathan Holston to help fill the void. The status of Scott Kuhn and Rod Council is also included.

The injury-bug continues to bite the University of Louisville football program, as defensive end Zach Anderson becomes the latest Cardinal to be forced to the sideline for multiple weeks. The 6-foot-4, 262-pound suffered a knee sprain during U of L's win over Cincinnati on Saturday and was initially expected to miss four weeks. However, a trip to the doctor brought good news as Anderson is now expected to miss just two to three weeks, possibly putting him back on the field in time for West Virginia's visit on November 2.

"Zach Anderson being out is a concern of mine, because Zach adds so much energy and leadership to our team," said Petrino. "He goes out and practices hard and gets everybody else to practice hard, so we are going to have to have somebody step up for Zach."

With Anderson out, Petrino will turn to Brandon Cox and Jonathan Holston in obvious passing situations, with Earl Heyman helping out against the run.

"Well certainly Brandon Cox has played a lot of football around here and he needs to get going," said Petrino. "I think Jonathan Holston, now that he's back at full speed, can help us on the pass rush off the edge. Earl will be in there and be real physical against the run. He always helps us when we have him in against the run and does a real nice job at that. Michael Adams always does a real nice job when he's in - he's very fast and plays with great effort. I think with the pass rush part of it we can help ourselves with those guys."

While hopeful that his pool of depth will help overcome the loss of Anderson's pass rush, Petrino does anticipate missing the senior's play against the run and on the field presence.

"Zach's real firm on the point of attack on the run and a great leader, and that's what I think we will miss a little bit," said Petrino.

Anderson has totaled 19 tackles, including two sacks through six games this season.

Defensive tackle Adrian Grady, who suffered a broken leg during the Cardinals season-opening win against Kentucky, has received limited action in the past two outings and continues to improve.

"He played as hard as he could, but he's still limping a little bit," Petrino said of the sophomore. "It's not quite 100%. He ran yesterday and still had a little limp, so he just has to continue to get better."

Itching to Return

Junior tight end Scott Kuhn, who watched the action on Saturday from the sidelines due to a broken bone in his hand, will return to the Cardinals lineup this weekend at Syracuse.

"Kuhn is doing good," Petrino said. "He broke a bone in his hand. He wanted to play real bad the other day, but I made the decision as needed and play Breno there. He was real antsy. He stood in front of me three or four times to make sure that I knew that he was still alive on the sideline and wanted to get in there. He'll be ready to go. He missed him a little bit to, because he's been playing very physical and very fast for us."

After returning to the field for the first time against Middle Tennessee since suffering a broken ankle at Temple on week two, sophomore cornerback Rod Council injured the same ankle on Saturday afternoon.

"Council got a little nick on his achilles tendon on the same ankle," explained Petrino. "It's nothing to do with the bone. He did not run (Sunday). He did a lot of conditioning on the bike and swim, but the thoughts are that he'll be real close to being ready. He needs to get out there and play. He's getting antsy. He needs to get out and play football."

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