From the coaches’ Sunday teleconferences, a couple of injury notes:
U of L fans can exhale. Wide receiver Harry Douglas should be able to play Saturday at N.C. State, according to coach Steve Kragthorpe, who gave no other details. Douglas was carted from the sidelines late in Saturday’s loss to Syracuse with an apparent leg/knee injury.
For UK, the most serious injury is tailback Alfonso Smith, whom coach Rich Brooks listed as “between questionable and doubtful” for Saturday’s home game against Florida Atlantic.
“We should know more in the next 48 hours, but it’s possible he has a high ankle sprain,” Brooks said. “Hopefully it’s not as bad as the one that Braxton Kelly suffered in fall camp.”
Tailback Tony Dixon, however, should be back in practice by Tuesday with a shoulder injury that Brooks said was not as bad as he originally feared.
Other Brooks updates
Rafael Little “has a thigh bruise. We expect him to return by Tuesday or Wednesday, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Paul Warford’s “low back continues to be a problem, and we expect him to be ready by Wednesday or Thursday.”
John Connor “will be fine. He got a stinger in his left shoulder, but the strength has returned today.”
Brooks also said Trevard Lindley suffered a mild ankle injury but should be back in practice by at least Wednesday.