SAN FRANCISCO — Stanford coach David Shaw remains unsure whether his top offensive playmaker, senior wide receiver Ty Montgomery, will be able to play when the Cardinal faces Maryland in the Foster Farms Bowl on Tuesday.
Montgomery suffered a shoulder injury against Calfornia on Nov. 22 and did not play in Stanford's regular season finale versus UCLA on Nov. 29.
While Montgomery has practiced the past two days and has been cleared for more contact during Sunday's practice, Shaw said Montgomery will not play if he suffers a setback.
"I really don't have a feeling one way or the other," Shaw said Saturday. "It's really 50-50. The doctors have OKed him for a little more contact tomorrow, but we haven't gotten clearance for the game yet. So really, it kind of hinges on tomorrow's practice.
"If there's a setback tomorrow at all, he can't play. We wouldn't do that to him, not just for this game but for his future. But if he gets the clearance and feels confident … then we'll go play."
Montgomery, 6 feet 2, 220 pounds, has 61 catches for 604 yards and three touchdowns after catching 61 passes for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He also has run for 303 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries the past two years and is a weapon for Stanford on special teams.
Montgomery, who is averaging 25.2 yards per kick return and 18.3 yards per punt return, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns last season and has returned two punts for touchdowns this year.