Wednesday September 24th, 2014

Louisville is "monitoring" the status of quarterback Will Gardner and it's uncertain if he will practice this week or play in Saturday's game against Wake Forest, the program said in a press release Tuesday.

Gardner left last Saturday's win over Florida International in the third quarter with a left knee injury after taking a low hit. He did not return.

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According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Gardner wasn't seen leaving practice Tuesday.

"Will Gardner continues to undergo evaluation and treatment on his lower extremity injury," the U of L statement said.

"We will monitor his symptoms and progression from treatments on a daily basis and see how he responds throughout the week."

Gardner has previously torn his right ACL twice.

If Gardner can't play Saturday, freshman Reggie Bonnafon, who returned to the team this week after the unexpected death of his father, would likely start in his place.

Gardner is in his first year as the Cardinals' starting quarterback after winning the job in fall camp. He threw for a career-high 295 yards against Florida International before exiting and has 798 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions overall this season.

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Ben Estes

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