USC football: Tailback Stafon Johnson's prognosis for full recovery is good
Johnson, a senior, was injured while performing a bench-press exercise in USC's weight room below Heritage Hall. The school said an assistant strength and conditioning coach was acting as a spotter for Johnson, but the bar accidentally fell on Johnson's throat.
Dr. Gudata Hinika, trauma medical director at California Hospital Medical Center, said through a hospital spokesperson that Johnson arrived at the facility with a threatened airway that required extensive specialized surgery.
Johnson had scored five touchdowns for the seventh-ranked Trojans, who continue their Pacific 10 Conference schedule Saturday against No. 24 California at Berkeley
-- Gary Klein
Photo: USC tailback Stafon Johnson shares a laugh with teammate Shareece Wright during a practice in August. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times