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Louisville LB Dorian Etheridge cleared to play against Florida State

Great news for the Cardinal defense.

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Some much-needed good news for the Louisville defense arrived on Wednesday, as sophomore linebacker Dorian Etheridge told reporters that he has been cleared to play in Saturday’s game against Florida State.

“I feel great,” Etheridge said of his status. “It’s just good to be back out there with my team.”

Etheridge was helped off the field during Louisville’s 31-7 win over Indiana State in week two with what appeared to be a significant injury. Thankfully, the injury turned out to be nothing more than a bad sprain.

A freshman All-American in 2017, Etheridge 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.

Etheridge dressed for last week’s game against Virginia, but did not see the field in the Cardinals’ 27-3 loss in Charlottesville.

“I wasn’t all the way there yet,” Etheridge said of his health a week ago. “We had to make that decision. It wasn’t worth it.”

Getting Etheridge back is a big boost for a U of L defense that will be going up against an FSU offense that has struggled for most of this season, but which is also coming off a performance against Northern Illinois in which they posted 473 total yards and 37 points.