Louisville defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin was hospitalized and expected to be held overnight for observation after he was hit by a vehicle while riding his Moped on campus Tuesday morning.
The university announced in a release that preliminary tests on the 6-foot-4, 243-pounder were good and that he’s being evaluated as a precaution at Jewish Hospital. His status for Sunday’s season opener against Ohio is unknown; he’s listed as the starter on the Cardinals’ depth chart.
University spokesman John Drees said that Mauldin’s Moped was hit by a sedan riding in the same lane near the school’s Yum! Center training facility just before 9 a.m. and left the scene. Drees added that university police are investigating.
Athletic department spokesman Rocco Gasparro added that Mauldin was "alert and responsive" when he was taken to the hospital.
Mauldin missed time last season with a sprained knee but posted a career-high 22 tackles including a team-high 4.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss.
During Monday’s news conference, Cardinals coach Charlie Strong described Mauldin as an intense player who goes "100 miles (an hour) and it doesn’t matter (whether) it’s in shorts or full pads. His tempo, that’s the way he goes."