Bulls lose receiver Love to ACL tear

Updated: April 19, 2010, 10:00 PM ET
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com

South Florida senior wide receiver A.J. Love suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Bulls' spring game, the team announced Monday night.

It's not clear whether Love, who was injured Saturday, will play at all in the coming season. No timetable was given for his return; generally, ACL injuries require at least six months to heal.

Love was expected to take over as the team's No. 1 receiver, filling the void left by NFL draft early entry Carlton Mitchell. He has 19 career starts and 970 career receiving yards, including 489 last season. Love averaged 18.8 yards per catch in 2009 and had 121 yards receiving against Louisville when Mitchell was hurt.

This is the second major knee injury Love has sustained in less than two years. He tore the ACL in his left knee during the 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl, and that injury kept him out until fall training camp the following year.

Brian Bennett covers Big East football for ESPN.com.