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Stanford defensive end Ben Gardner will miss rest of season with injury

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Stanford head coach David Shaw announced Tuesday that team captain Ben Gardner will miss the remainder of the 2013 season with a left pectoral injury.

Gardner, a defensive end, left Saturday's win over Oregon State and also had been hampered by an upper-body injury for several weeks. On the season, he had registered 19 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss for the third-ranked defense in the Pac-12.

The Wisconsin native had started 27 of the last 28 games and was named second team All-Pac-12 in 2011 and 2012.

Shaw noted that the injury would extend past the bowl season and would end the fifth-year senior's collegiate career.

Losing Gardner is a tough blow for a No. 5 Cardinal squad who are preparing to contain Heisman candidate Marcus Mariota and No. 2 Oregon next Thursday.

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