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September 3, 2013
Louisville clobbered Ohio 49-7 to start the season, and all appeared to be good. But Charlie Strong said the Cardinals lost a player for the season in the opening game.
"We checked Corvin (Lamb) and Corvin ended up tearing his ACL," Strong said. "I think that was late in the game. Yes, and so he will - I'm not exactly for sure when they will do surgery, but he is the only guy we lost."
Losing Lamb for the season is heart-breaking, especially considering how often he's been injured already.
"Well, it's tough because you look at Corvin, and each year it has been something," Strong said. "One year it was a back injury and then it was a wrist and then we had a hand injury.
"When a young man has put so much into it and he has worked so hard, you don't want to see any injury happen just because of their hard work and what you expect from them."
Lamb's impact will be tougher for the team personally than it will be for the personnel on the field. The Cardinals have three backs solidly ahead of Lamb on the depth chart - Senorise Perry, Dominique Brown and Michael Dyer - and another back, Brandon Radcliff a year behind Lamb.
"We had five running backs and now we are down to four," Strong said.
Other than Lamb, Strong said the team came out of the game fairly unscathed.
"Just bumps and bruises, but nothing serious," Strong said.
Sophomore tight end Hunter Bowles hasn't been practicing this fall, and will likely be out for the rest of the season with a spine issue.
"Hunter is having neck surgery Thursday," Strong said. "I don't think it is career-ending. He is going to have neck surgery, but I don't think it is career-ending."