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Bobby Petrino says there's a 'good possibility' James Quick will play against Samford

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When star wide receiver James Quick was carted off the field in the second half of Louisville's season-opening loss to Auburn, Cardinal fans understandably feared for the worst. Now, less than a month after that scary scene, Quick's head coach says there's a "good possibility" that the junior will be back on the field for U of L's game against Samford on Saturday.

"James hopefully will be back," Bobby Petrino said during Wednesday's ACC coaches teleconference. "He practiced yesterday. He looked good in practice. He actually got probably three-quarters of the work in, and he woke up this morning and felt good."

What appeared to be a season-ending knee or ankle injury in the Auburn came turned out to be a severely sprained right ankle for Quick. The junior was Louisville's leading returning receiver this season after catching 36 passes for 566 yards and three touchdowns last season. He caught 4 balls for 28 yards before leaving the game against the Tigers on Sept. 5.