The Stanford defense took a big shot today when a school spokesman announced that starting strong safety Delano Howell would not be playing during the Cardinal’s Saturday game against the Washington Huskies.
Through the first six games of the 2011 season, Howell has been a big playmaker in the defensive backfield for Stanford. Arguably the strongest link in the Cardinal secondary, the senior safety has racked up 25 tackles and four defended passes this season.
Howell, who’s dealing with a hand injury, will be replaced by sophomore Devon Carrington. So far this season, Carrington has tallied 19 total tackles and one defended pass while seeing action in a backup role. He has played in all six games this season and will get his first start against Washington.
As of right now, Howell is week-to-week and could miss more than just the Washington game if he can’t bounce back in a timely manner.
Although this will be a big loss for the Cardinal when they take on the Huskies, the bigger concern is whether or not Howell will be healthy when Stanford goes up against the Oregon Ducks on Nov. 12. They’ll need all the talent they can get to take on their PAC-12 North Division foes as they continue to make their run at a conference championship.
The Cardinal will survive with Carrington in the lineup for now, but the sooner that Howell gets back the better.