STANFORD Fifth-year Stanford senior defensive end and co-captain Ben Gardner is out for the season because of a left pectoral injury, handing the sixth-ranked Cardinal (7-1, 5-1, Pacific-12 Conference) a major blow before facing No. 2 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) on Nov. 7.
Stanford coach David Shaw said Gardner will undergo surgery to repair the damaged muscle.
Shaw said "there's a chance" fellow starting defensive end Henry Anderson could return against Oregon, but the coach will make the final decision after Anderson practices this weekend, which both teams have off. Anderson has missed six games since he hurt his knee in a Sept. 14 win over Army.
The timing of Gardner's injury could not be worse for Stanford's defense.
Oregon is averaging 632.1 yards and 55.6 points per game. Both rank second in the nation behind Baylor.
Gardner hurt his left arm in Stanford's win over Washington on Oct. 5. He had played through pain saying last week that, at times, his arm "shuts down" until a collision in the third quarter of Stanford's 20-12 victory at Oregon State last Saturday sidelined him for good. Shaw said the injuries are unrelated.
Notre Dame Quarterback Everett Golson confirmed he did something very wrong to get suspended.
In a video interview Sports Illustrated posted, Golson effectively conceded cheating on a test to earn his semester banishment.
Tennessee Quarterback Justin Worley is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his right thumb.
The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.