Miles Young, the father of Louisville outside linebacker Trevon Young, told Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal on Thursday that it's unlikely his son will suit up for the Cardinals during the 2016 season.
Young, who was a star pass rusher for the Cardinals in 2015, dislocated and fractured his hip during U of L's Music City Bowl win over Texas A&M.
Miles Young said that his son is expected to remain on crutches for about another five weeks but is doing well, is off pain medication and is experiencing no significant pain following surgery on Dec. 31 to put his femur back in place and insert a plate around a chipped piece of his hip socket. Mr. Young said that once his son is off crutches he can gauge his preparedness to rehab for football.
Trevon Young, whose 8.5 sacks in 2015 were second-most on U of L's team and seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference, at this point expects to use a redshirt year in 2016 to focus on his rehab and academics, his dad said, and try to come back as a fifth-year senior in 2017.
His father said he's "100 percent" confident that Trevon, who had eight sacks in a three-game stretch during the middle of last season, will return to his playing form at some point, though it's no certainty. Doctors said it's an uncommon football injury, so his son's playing future will be dependent on how well he heals and how well his therapy goes.
"Mentally he's hanging in there," Miles Young said. "I think he'll be fine. I really do. ... I truly believe he'll recover from this. He's a strong, young kid, a really strong, young kid."
Young had a breakout season for Louisville as a junior, registering 8.5 sacks, 32 tackles and 10 tackles for loss. His 8.5 sacks were second on the team behind Devonte Fields and seventh in the ACC.