Senorise Perry may not be ready for opener

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Louisville coach Charlie Strong is unsure whether starting running back Senorise Perry will be ready to play in the season opener against Ohio on Sept. 1.

Strong, in town attending ACC spring meetings as the Cardinals prepare to move conferences, said it was simply too early to tell where Perry stands as he rehabs from a torn ACL, sustained against Syracuse last November.

"It’s so hard to tell," Strong said. "He went down in November, and for an injury like that it’s almost a full year. We’re going to get out there in camp and not do much with him. Now that Dominique Brown is back, we feel we have a back we're pretty sure about and a guy who can run the football."

Perry did not participate in spring practice while he rehabbed his knee. Brown made the most of his opportunity with Perry on the sideline, emerging as a player to watch this fall after redshirting last season.

"He’s coming into his own," Strong said. "He’s a big back and the thing is, he’s so physical."

Perry is the only player coming off a major injury with a question mark surrounding his return date. Defensive tackle Jamaine Brooks, who had offseason surgery, will be back for fall camp.