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USC football: Tailback Stafon Johnson's prognosis for full recovery is good


As The Times reported Monday night, doctors do not expect USC tailback Stafon Johnson to complete the season, but his prognosis for a full recovery is good after undergoing more than seven hours of throat surgery after a weightlifting accident.

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


Stafon Johnson is hurt in weightlifting accident


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