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Bobby Petrino delivers good news on Dorian Etheridge

The sophomore linebacker won’t be sidelined for a significant chunk of time.

NCAA Football: Murray State at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The best news Louisville football is likely to get all week came Monday, when Bobby Petrino announced during his weekly press conference that linebacker Dorian Etheridge suffered only an ankle sprain against Indiana State, and not anything more serious.

“So we got some good news on Dorian,” Petrino said. “We’re not sure where he will be for this weekend’s game, but we’re going to try and get him ready and prepare like he will play and then we’ll just have to see.”

Etheridge was a freshman All-American in 2017 when he notched 66 tackles, good for the second most on the team and the third most of any true freshman in the FBS. He recorded four tackles in each of Louisville’s first two games this season.

I think we were all in the same boat when we saw Etheridge being helped off the field and not being able to place any weight on that leg Saturday night. Losing arguably your top two defensive players for a significant chunk of the year in the season’s first two weeks would have been a massive blow for a defense that already has more question marks than any of us would like.

Very glad that Dorian’s stay on the sidelines seems like it’ll be limited.