Injured Trojans Star Stafon Johnson Is Predicted to Recover, Will Miss Rest of Season

Comments (0)


Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Monday's freak weightlifting

accident involving USC Trojan tailback Stafon Johnson dealt yet another blow to the injury-racked football team. In yesterday's bench-pressmishap,

click to enlarge Stafon Johnson - USC
  • USC
  • Stafon Johnson
Johnson let slip a weight that came crashing down on

his neck during team training. According to the L.A. Times,

Johnson underwent seven hours of surgery yesterday and, while doctors

expect him to make a full recovery, he is out for the season. An

earlier Times report said Johnson, who leads the team with five

touchdowns, had been listed in critical but stable condition, and had

been spitting up blood.

The campus paper, the Daily Trojan,

said the Dorsey High School graduate had been rushed to "California

Hospital Medical Center where he was treated for 'crushing injuries to

his neck as well as severe laryngeal injuries.'" Team coach Pete

Carroll told the Daily Trojan that Johnson had been unable to speak after the accident.

The team's string of injuries began before the season even started, when presumed first-quarterback Aaron Corp cracked a fibula and, in a twist of fortune out of one of those old backstage musicals like 42nd Street, Corp was replaced by true freshman Matt Barkley. While Barkley's arm and poise impressed fans and sports writers alike during his first two appearances, he then suffered a bruised shoulder bone in the Trojan's victorious game with Ohio State. This gave the sidelined Corp a chance in the spotlight the following week as he took over QB duties, but he turned in a mediocre performance in the team's upset loss to the University of Washington Huskies.

Even before this, however, star safety Taylor Mays had been placed on

the disabled list with a knee injury, sealing USC's fate in their

Huskies game. Then linebacker Jordan Campbell suffered an injury to his

ankle in last Saturday's win over the Washington State Cougars.


to the Trojans' woes are the fact that cornerback Marshall Jones, who

suffered a cracked neck vertebra, will miss the rest of the season --

as will defensive tackle Habron Fangupo with a broken fibula. Injuries

are as much a part of football as marching bands and Gatorade, but the

number and severity of the ones afflicting the Trojans will undoubtedly

make this their most challenging season in years.

Related Content

Now Trending

  • Here Is Where Violent Crime Is Surging in L.A.

    Earlier this month Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck announced that violent crime had increased in the first half of 2014. The city saw a 2.8 percent bump compared the same period last year. But while the increase was small, it was the first time the city had seen...
  • L.A. City Hall Gets Behind Hit-&-Run Amber Alerts

    L.A.-based Assemblyman Mike Gatto's proposal to create an Amber Alert-like system of freeway sign messages for serious hit-and-run collisions across California is getting the support of L.A. city leaders. Councilman Mitch Englander and brass from the Los Angeles Police Department stood with Gatto outside City Hall yesterday to trumpet the...
  • Innovative Condom Is Crowdfunding Its Way Into Your Bedroom

    An innovative condom that only covers the tip of the penis is one step closer to reality. We last told you about local inventor Charles Powell's Galactic Cap in May, when he was using Indiegogo to try to raise $100,000. That cash would be used to launch clinical trials and start the U.S. Food and...
Los Angeles Concert Tickets


  • 21st Annual Classic Cars "Cruise Night" in Glendale
    On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.
  • The World Cup Celebrated And Mourned By Angelenos
    The World Cup has taken Los Angeles by storm. With viewings beginning at 9 a.m., soccer fans have congregated at some of the best bars in the city including The Village Idiot, Goal, The Parlour on Melrose, Big Wang's and more. Whether they're cheering for their native country, favorite players or mourning the USA's loss, Angelenos have paid close attention to the Cup, showing that soccer is becoming more than a fad. All photos by Daniel Kohn.
  • La Brea Tar Pits "Pit 91" Re-Opening
    Starting June 28th, The Page Museum once again proudly unveils the museum's Observation Pit, which originally opened in 1952 but has spent most of the last half century closed. Now visitors can get an up-close look at Pit 91, which is currently under excavation. The La Brea Tar Pits, home of the Page Museum, is one of the world's most famous ice age fossil locations, known for range of fossils from saber-toothed cats and mammoths to microscopic plants, seeds and insects. The new "Excavator Tour" is free with museum admission if purchased online at tarpits.org . All photos by Nanette Gonzales.