Football Injury Report: Pierce Out For Season, Schindler Out for SJS Game

Sept. 9, 2002

Stanford suffered two key injuries in Saturday's season-opening 34-27 loss at Boston College. Starting tight end Brett Pierce suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his left knee and will be lost for the remainder of the 2002 season. Starting offensive guard Greg Schindler suffered a medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain to his right knee.He is listed as out for Saturday's game with San Jose State.

Pierce, who started his 13th consecutive game, injured his knee early in the first quarter last Saturday at Boston College. He will undergo surgery in the near future.

Pierce caught 19 passes last season for 258 yards and three touchdowns and was considered one of the best tight ends in the Pacific-10 Conference. A junior from Vancouver, Wash., Pierce still has one more year of eligibility remaining.

Sophomore Alex Smith (Denver, Colo./Mullen High School) will take over as the team's No. 1 tight end. True freshman Matt Traverso (Sacramento, Calif./Christian Brothers High School) moves up to No. 2 on the depth chart.

Schindler, a Second-Team All-Pac-10 selection last season, has started 33 of Stanford's last 36 games. His status beyond the San Jose State game is week-to-week. Stanford does not play on September 21 and returns to action on September 28 at Arizona State.

Redshirst freshman Brian Head (Corona, Calif./Centennial High School) or junior Dustin Stimson (Colleyville, Tex./Heritage High School) will replace Schindler in the starting lineup at right guard for Saturday's game against San Jose State.

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