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

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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

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