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Jawon Pass returns to practice for Louisville

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The redshirt junior missed all of last week with a “lower extremity injury.”

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Louisville quarterback Jawon Pass returned to the practice field on Tuesday. This news came just a day after Cardinal head coach Scott Satterfield termed Pass’ status as “day-to-day” and predicted that the redshirt junior would not be able to go on Tuesday.

Pass may still not be 100 percent, but U of L offensive coordinator Dwayne Ledford told the media after practice that signal caller’s return to the field was a welcome sight.

“It was good to have him out there,” Ledford said. “I know the guys were excited to have him out there and just to see that big smile of Puma’s out there. It’s always pleasant to see. The trainers have done a good job of getting him back out there. It was fun to see him out there, smiling and throwing the ball around.”

Pass missed Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky because of what U of L described in its press release as a “lower extremity injury.” Sophomore Malik Cunningham started in his place and threw for 119 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-17 Cardinal victory. True freshman Evan Conley also saw extended time at quarterback in the second half, and completed 2-of-3 passes for 86 yards and a score.

Given the way the U ofL staff has handled Pass’ injury over the last week and change, I wouldn’t expect any definitive answer on who’s going to start at QB for the Cards against Florida State until late Friday at the earliest. With Pass missing Monday and being described as still not 100 percent on Tuesday, the smart money to receive that nod would seem to be Cunningham.