Depleted Cardinal lose WR Moore to stress fracture

Updated: September 19, 2006, 7:47 PM ET
Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford wide receiver Evan Moore will miss Saturday's game against Washington State with a stress fracture in his right foot and could be sidelined up to four weeks.

Moore was being examined again Tuesday and the timetable for his return was anywhere from two to four weeks, coach Walt Harris said.

The loss of Moore, a senior who hurt his foot leading into last week's 37-9 loss to Navy, is another big blow to a reeling Cardinal offense that already is without two key players because of injury. Stanford opened the season 0-3 for the first time since 1987.

On Friday, two-year starting fullback Nick Frank announced that his football career was over after being diagnosed with a narrowing of a vertebra in his spine. The Cardinal also are playing without receiver Mark Bradford, who could miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his right foot sustained early in the team's 35-34 loss to San Jose State on Sept. 9.

Bradford had nine catches for 108 yards in Stanford's season-opening loss at Oregon and Moore leads the team with 146 receiving yards and an 18.2-yard average per catch. His eight receptions are second on the team.

Now, quarterback Trent Edwards will be throwing to a pair of freshmen this week: Richard Sherman and Austin Yancy, named by Harris as the starter to replace Moore.

"Sure, you'd love to have those guys -- we love those guys," Harris said. "That's just the way it is. You can't sit there and feel sorry for yourself. ... You can't cry about it. You have to move on."

For Moore, this is another frustrating setback. He missed all of last season with a dislocated hip that he hurt in the first game in 2005 against Navy after making three catches for 66 yards. Moore also played basketball for the Cardinal until January 2005 when he decided to only focus on football.

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