University of Louisville starting safety Latarrius Thomas' 2007 season came to a premature end last Thursday in the Cardinals, 58-42, victory over Middle Tennessee.
"Latarrius Thomas will have knee surgery in the next couple of weeks as soon as the swelling goes down," Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe said Monday. "He's got an ACL tear.
Thomas started nine games last season as a true freshman and recorded 20 tackles. In Louisville's first two games this season, Thomas recorded five tackles, including two against Middle Tennessee before leaving the game because of the injury.
"The silver lining in (this) is he did play as a true freshman last year and he will be able to apply for a medical hardship which I'm confident we'll get and that will enable him to still have three years of eligibility starting in the 2008 season," Kragthorpe said.
Richard Raglin, a 6-2, 195 pound junior, will likely replace Thomas in the starting lineup this Saturday when the Cardinals travel to Lexington to face rival Kentucky. Raglin currently is second on the team with 10 tackles.