Louisville edge rusher James Hearns, who was shot in the elbow during an off-campus incident in December, has recovered and will be a "full go" when spring practice starts Tuesday, coach Bobby Petrino said Monday as he provided injury updates on several players. Hearns' return is good news for the Cardinals, who will rely on him as probably their top pass rusher in 2017. Petrino said in December that he thought Hearns would be ready by spring ball. It's also good news for U of L that senior Trevon Young, who had 8.5 sacks in 2015 and ideally will be the starting edge rusher on the side opposite of Hearns, will be available for some participation in spring ball as he continues to recover from the devastating hip injury he suffered during the 2015 Music City Bowl, Petrino said. "It's exciting," Petrino said of Young's status. "He's been working hard. I think he surprised himself during (spring combine testing) on how well he lifted, how well he (did the vertical jump). He said he's feeling well. We will be monitoring it, taking it slow. But he should, at least the last couple weeks, get some team and group work in there and see if he's ready. That would be a huge bonus for us if we can get him back to where he was." U of L, however, will be without two key players for spring practice. Petrino said junior wide receiver Jaylen Smith, who had surgery on a stress fracture in his foot, and sophomore edge rusher Jonathan Greenard, who had hip surgery, will miss all spring.
Louisville's Jaylen Smith to miss spring practice with stress fracture in foot
Louisville Courier-Journal | Mar 20