August 17, 2010 |
The Tennessee Titans waived Stafon Johnson , who dislocated his right ankle in a 20-18 exhibition loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. Johnson, who had surgery Sunday, is a rookie running back whose career at USC was cut short after a weight-room accident last September in which his neck and larynx were crushed. Johnson was dejected but tried to remain positive. "Bouncing back from trials and tribulations, this is just a bump in the road," he said. "God has brought me back this far, and it felt good to be where I'd gotten to. This is minimum compared to what I have been through, really.
September 30, 2009 |
Stafon Johnson's physique and fitness saved his life. The USC running back was able to survive a weightlifting accident because the muscles around his neck helped him keep open a breathing passage, Dr. Gudata Hinika, trauma director at California Hospital Medical Center, said at a news conference today. "Had that been any one of us, meaning me, I would not have survived," Hinika said. "His neck was so solid and so muscular, that actually helped maintain his airway." Johnson was injured Monday during a weightlifting session.
January 24, 2011 |
A USC strength and conditioning coach negligently caused a weightlifting bar carrying 275 pounds to fall on the neck of Stafon Johnson, the former Trojans running back alleges in a personal-injury lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Johnson seeks unspecified damages from USC and Jamie Yanchar, who worked for USC at the time of the incident and was a member of the Seattle Seahawks' staff in 2010. Johnson was injured during an on-campus training session on Sept.
October 3, 2009 |
USC tailback Allen Bradford would have preferred different circumstances. The fourth-year junior is saddened that his opportunity to be USC's No. 2 tailback is coming as a result of senior Stafon Johnson's misfortune. However, Bradford said this week that he would have no problem focusing tonight when the seventh-ranked Trojans play No. 24 California in a Pacific 10 Conference game at Memorial Stadium. The former Colton High star has been waiting for a chance to play a significant role for the Trojans.
October 1, 2009 |
USC tailback Stafon Johnson cannot yet speak, but he began communicating with his fans Wednesday. Johnson, recovering from emergency throat surgery after a weightlifting accident Monday, started a Twitter account to respond to the hundreds of well-wishers who have sent him messages via letter, phone and text message. "Thank you every1 4 all the love and support," Johnson tweeted in the afternoon. By late Wednesday evening, Johnson's user name -- stafon13 -- had more than 5,000 followers on the social networking site.
September 10, 2009 |
Stafon Johnson is not complaining. After leading USC in yards rushing in 2008, the senior watched as juniors Joe McKnight and Allen Bradford carried the ball before he did in the season opener against San Jose State. Johnson said Wednesday he knows that could be the same scenario Saturday when third-ranked USC plays at eighth-ranked Ohio State. "At the end of the day, you want to be in the game when it's important to help your team and I think I did that," said Johnson, who scored two touchdowns in the Trojans' 56-3 victory last week.