USC Running Back Stafon Johnson In ‘Critical But Stable’ Condition
Total Pro Sports – It was a scary incident Monday afternoon at the University of Southern California’s training facility when senior running back Stafon Johnson was rushed to the hospital after a bench press bar slipped from his hand and fell on his neck. Johnson was reportedly spitting out blood and had to undergo emergency surgery to repair “crushing injuries” to his throat.
When asked about the incident by reporters, USC coach Pete Carroll stated that it was Johnson’s last set on the bench press and there was a substantial amount of weight on the bar. Johnson did have someone there to spot him, but unfortunately that did not save him in this instance. He underwent surgery at about 2pm on Monday, and the procedure lasted seven hours. Doctors at California Hospital described his condition as “critical but stable.” Surgeons were working to realign his larynx, and were hopeful that Johnson would eventually be able to regain his voice, however, no time table has been set for such developments.
It is unlikely that Johnson will be back again this season and as a senior, his playing career at USC may now be over. He can attempt to receive a medical red shirt and stay an additional year in the Trojans backfield, or he can look to the 2010 NFL draft as the next step in his playing career. The short-yardage specialist for USC may still have a future in football, but for now he, along with his family and friends, will be happy to hear that after this scary incident, the future of Johnson’s life has thankfully been spared.
Here is what Carroll had to say.
Hat Tip – [Dr. Saturday]