- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Louisville coach Charlie Strong delivered some really tough news Friday -- receiver Michaelee Harris is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Harris was injured during a 7-on-7 passing drill Thursday. Incredibly, Harris went into camp rehabbing a torn ACL in his right knee. This is now the fourth knee injury for Harris, who also sat out 2010 with an injury.
"He provides so much energy to the team, and you want everything to work out for him,” Strong said after practice. “And to watch any player go down, it’s just not a good feeling as a coach. They put so much work into it.”
The Cardinals were hoping to lean on Harris and his experience this season. After leading the team in 2011 with 455 yards receiving on 37 catches, coaches felt confident Harris had the potential for an even greater season. Expect Damian Copeland to step in for Harris. Early reports out of camp have said Copeland has performed really well so far during practice.
Louisville has some talent returning at receiver, with talented sophomores Eli Rogers and DeVante Parker coming back, along with Andrell Smith. But losing Harris hurts from a depth and experience standpoint. Now it is time to see who will step up.