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Stanford Vs. Oregon State: Zach Ertz To Miss Two Weeks, Including Showdown With Oregon

Stanford Cardinal tight end Zach Ertz sustained a lower leg injury during the opening kickoff of last week's 56-48 victory over the USC TrojansErtz will miss at least two weeks of playing time, according to a report by the San Francisco Gate.

The injury deals a big blow to an Andrew Luck-led Stanford offense that likes to use the tight end extensively. The Cardinal use several two- and three- tight end sets with Ertz, Coby Fleener and Levine Tiolobo. The loss of Ertz could prompt head coach David Shaw to use fullback Ryan Hevitt as a tight end during certain plays.

Ertz is averaging 38.5 yards per game and has three touchdowns on the season. He has further contributed to Stanford's offense with his blocking ability, a skill that won't be easy to replace in the coming weeks.

Stanford will have one week to adjust to the absence of Ertz before next week's big Pac-12 showdown against No. 6 Oregon. Expect the Cardinal to try out several different looks with their remaining two tight ends and Hevitt when they play Oregon State.