Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery left the Cardinal's Rose Bowl matchup against Michigan State and is unlikely to return after sustaining what appears to be a left knee injury.
ESPN's Joe Schad reported that Montgomery was wrapped in ice on the sideline, and the prognosis for Wednesday's contest did not look good:
Stanford WR Ty Montgomery consoled by teammates after left knee wrapped in ice. Appears done for day.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 2, 2014
Jon Wilner of the Mercury News had official word from Stanford on Montgomery's status:
Stanford official statement on Montgomery: "He will be re-evaluated soon." No other info.— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) January 2, 2014
Montgomery sustained the injury on a kickoff return following a score that put the Spartans up 24-17 early in the fourth quarter. Although there was seemingly nothing atypical about the play, which featured a Montgomery return to the Stanford 30-yard line, the junior wideout was in obvious pain and laid on the field for multiple minutes.
He was then tended to by the Stanford medical staff before being taken off the field while putting little weight on his left leg. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time, and will likely take further testing to figure out its full extent.
Before going down, Michigan State had done a surprisingly solid job of keeping Montgomery in check. He had only three catches for 21 yards, as the Cardinal passing game struggled mightily. Looking for back-to-back Rose Bowl victories for the second time in school history, Stanford had been rendered mostly ineffective by a stout Spartans defense.
Montgomery had been the team's most explosive weapon on the outside all season. He came into January having set career-highs in catches (58), yards (937) and touchdowns (10). Without Montgomery, the onus will be on quarterback Kevin Hogan to find his secondary targets.
With the way the game has gone thus far, though, that task is going to be awfully difficult.
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