The Louisville defense has suffered a major loss at an inopportune time. Cardinals cornerback Kei’Trel Clark has suffered a season-ending injury, head coach Scott Satterfield announced.

Clark went down with a knee injury late in Louisville’s game against NC State, and now he is out for the season. Satterfield said that it was especially disappointing because of how well Clark was playing this year.

"Tre was really playing well in the game," Satterfield said. "He ended up getting rolled up and we had the MRI done and it looks like he's going to have to have surgery and will be out for the rest of the season. That's a tough blow for us. . . . An unfortunate loss."

After originally signing with Liberty in 2019, Clark transferred to Louisville prior to the 2020 season. He immediately made an impact by posting 36 tackles and an interception last fall. Through just eight games this season, Clark compiled 40 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions.

Clark went on social media to thank everyone who has been supporting him over the last few days. The Louisville cornerback said that he would work to be back even better for the program in 2022.

“Love all my family, teammates, coaches, friends and #CardNation for uplifting me during this time!” Clark tweeted. “This is far from the end and will be back stronger next season. Ls Up!”

Entering the final month of the season, the Cardinals are 4-4 and need two wins to reach bowl eligibility. Louisville has games against Clemson, Syracuse, Duke, and Kentucky down the stretch, and now they have to navigate that slate without Clark.

With Clemson coming to Louisville this weekend, Satterfield revealed his message to the team. This is a great chance for the Cardinals to test themselves against a program that has had a lot of success in recent years.

“I think this week the message is that we have an outstanding program coming in here and that we have an opportunity to beat them in our own home field,” Satterfield said. “To play a team like Clemson with all the tradition and history with what they have been able to accomplish over the last decade is a huge opportunity. I have a ton of respect for them, and it has become a national brand. It would be a huge notch in your belt to be able to beat them, so that is a ton of motivation right there to get ready for this week.

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"Our guys are fired up and they are excited. We were obviously disappointed on Sunday coming back from the loss, but we encouraged with the fact that we still got a good football team and that we are ready to go play and get this win against Clemson."