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Devonte Fields has shoulder surgery, will miss spring practice

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week we learned that star outside linebacker Devonte Fields plans to put the NFL Draft on hold in favor of returning to Louisville to play his senior season. It's a senior season that likely won't be preceded by any participation in spring practice thanks to a shoulder surgery that Fields underwent Saturday morning.

The Courier-Journal's Jeff Greer confirmed the surgery with a U of L spokesman, who said that Fields is expected to miss spring practice as he recovers.

Fields ranked second in the nation in tackles for loss in 2015 and led Louisville with 11 sacks. He was one tackle for loss away from breaking Dewayne White's single-season record at U of L.

A late arrival to campus, Fields' production drastically improved as the Cardinals' season progressed. Of his 22 tackles for loss, 18.5 of them came in Louisville's final seven games. He ended the strong campaign by notching three sacks in the Cards' 27-21 Music City Bowl victory over Texas A&M.