Stanford WR Bradford out with torn foot ligaments

Updated: September 12, 2006, 11:42 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press