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Stanford WR Bradford out with torn foot ligaments

9/12/2006 - Stanford Cardinal

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford senior wide receiver Mark Bradford is out indefinitely with torn ligaments in his right foot,
an injury he sustained early in the Cardinal's 35-34 loss to San Jose State.

An MRI performed early Sunday morning revealed the extent of the
injury and his foot was placed in a cast that afternoon.

"They told me the cast would be on about four weeks and then
they'll take a look at it," Bradford said on Tuesday. "I don't
know how long exactly I'll be out. We'll have to see after the four
weeks are up."

Bradford said he injured the foot on the second play of the
game. He caught a screen pass in front of the Stanford bench and as
he came down, a San Jose State defender stepped on top of his foot.

"The back of my foot came up and torqued out while the front of
my foot stayed still," he said. "It felt like something was not
in place. I took four steps toward the huddle and it didn't feel
right so I called for a substitute, came out and never went back
in."

Bradford entered the season in the best shape of his life and
was looking forward to a quality year. He caught nine passes for
105 yards in Stanford's season-opening loss to Oregon and was named
the team's Offensive Player of the Game.

"It's a personal hurt for me," Stanford coach Walt Harris
said. "When a guy does everything he can to get into shape and
does all this prime time stuff, then to have it taken away, it's
hard for everybody, especially Mark."

Bradford, who would be eligible for a medical redshirt season if
he doesn't return this year, said he was ready for a breakout
season.

"You probably would have seen me take my game to another
level," he said. "An all-Pac-10 type season. This is tough
knowing I'm going to miss a few games. It's hard because of all the
hard work I've put in."

Freshman Richard Sherman took his place against the Spartans and
will likely move into the starting lineup when Stanford opens it's
new stadium with Navy on Saturday at 7 p.m.