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Stephen Johnson injury update: UK QB will be full strength vs Louisville

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The Wildcats won’t feel the need to rest Johnson at any point against Louisville, and they’ll need him.

NCAA Football: Austin Peay at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Johnson didn’t start last week against Austin Peay due to a knee injury he suffered against Tennessee, but ended up having to play after a disastrous first quarter.

Kentucky won’t have to concern themselves with who to play at quarterback this week, though, as Johnson is back at full strength.

During his Monday meeting with the media, head coach Mark Stoops has said that Johnson didn’t have any additional problems after playing in the game last week.

“There was no setback yesterday when he came to get his treatment,” Stoops said. “There’s no swelling, he came out of the game fine. That was good to hear.”

Stoops was very happy with Johnson’s toughness to play through his injury and still be healthy for this week.

“It’s hard not to admire Stephen Johnson and see him play hurt. He’s been banged up. He was hurt last week,” Stoops said. “To see him come in and have the poise and confidence, you could see that with the team. Threw a beautiful pass, I think that was his first pass, he laid it out there.

“I think that was great for our football team and says a lot about who Stephen is. He’s a tough guy, like I mentioned after the game, and he’s a leader and I’ve been very pleased with him.”

Johnson has done a great job as a backup, and played a major part in making the Wildcats bowl eligible. Hopefully he’ll stay healthy this week against Louisville.