The Nuts and Bolts
Henry Anderson will be out "at least a few weeks" after suffering a knee injury during the second quarter of Stanford's 34-20 win at Army. For the Cardinal, the good news is that the injury is not threatening the entirety of the six-foot-six, 295-pound defensive end's season. David Shaw did not provide additional details before promising that he would be able to better estimate the duration of Anderson's absence in a few days.
"Whether it be four weeks or six weeks or whatever, I'll let you know," he said.
Of course, Josh Mauro moves into an official starting role because of this news. Aziz Shittu, Nate Lohn, Anthony Hayes, and Jordan Watkins are the next players waiting to contribute opposite Ben Gardner.
Second-string linebacker Blake Martinez will also miss Saturday's contest against Arizona State and "three or four weeks" with an undisclosed injury. The sophomore was hurt at practice last week and wore only sweats on the sideline at Saturday's game, unlike fullback Ryan Hewitt, who dressed in uniform but did not play at Army.
According to Shaw, Hewitt "felt great" at Tuesday's practice. He'll practice for the entirety of Wednesday's session and will be evaluated at the end of the day, when doctors and coaches will make a decision on his status for Saturday's game. Based on the overall vibe coming from the team, The Bootleg classifies Hewitt as "probable" for ASU.
Cornerback Barry Browning, meanwhile, is doubtful after banging up "multiple" body parts during an "extremely awkward" late game collision and fall at West Point. If No. 31 does not take the field Saturday, pay close attention to the Cardinal's fourth cornerback: Derek Mason can move Usua Amanam over from nickel back or he can give Ra'Chard Pippens some playing time at the position. Stanford has generally used four corners against high-snap count teams in the recent past, so it'll be interesting to see how they approach uptempo foe Arizona State shorthanded.
David Lombardi is the Stanford Insider for The Bootleg. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com and follow him on Twitter @DavidMLombardi.
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