The highest-profile absence for the Louisville football team so far this season has been that of sophomore linebacker Keith Brown, who missed all of fall camp as well as the first two games with an unspecified knee injury.
Though the most common rumor was that Brown would be out until "at least October," No. 1 was back on the practice field Wednesday afternoon, and will travel with the team to Lexington this weekend. Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said that while Brown is back in pads, he is out of playing shape and his status for Saturday's game is still up in the air.
Brown started six games for Louisville in 2013, recording 57 tackles, the fifth-highest total on the team. He notched a career-best 13 tackles in the Cards' win over Cincinnati, and was named the Big East's Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Temple. At the end of the season, Brown was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
Senior George Durant, who entered fall camp as Preston Brown's backup in the middle, has been filling in for Keith Brown as the starter at the "Sam" linebacker position.