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Stafon Johnson suffers serious ankle injury

Stafon Johnson, the Tennessee Titans rookie running back who was badly injured in a weightlifting accident at USC last year, suffered a major ankle injury Saturday night in his first NFL preseason game.

Johnson was carted off the field in Seattle with a dislocated right ankle and is likely to miss the entire 2010 season.

“Bouncing back from trials and tribulations, this is just a bump in the road,” Johnson said after the game. “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.”

In September Johnson dropped a barbell on his throat while bench pressing in the USC weight room, causing him to be hospitalized for three weeks. The injury ended his college football career, but he signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent.

Now the ankle injury will apparently end his rookie year. Johnson’s Titans teammates gathered around him as he was being attended to on the field, and both Titans coach Jeff Fisher and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who coached Johnson at USC, spoke of him in glowing terms after the game, saying that if anyone can come back from a setback like this, it’s Johnson.

“I appreciate the love and support,” Johnson said. “I am just a regular guy trying to make it like everybody else. I’m just going to try and get back as soon as I can.”

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19 Responses to “Stafon Johnson suffers serious ankle injury”
  1. maynevent says: Aug 15, 2010 7:18 AM

    sad news, but i still believe in him, he was solid for the trojans, if he can return to form from this injury hell be a problem in the nfl

  2. Catamount says: Aug 15, 2010 7:19 AM

    I see that he was a rookie (3 times) but no mention of the position he plays.

  3. agenice says: Aug 15, 2010 7:20 AM

    Man.. tough break. This kid seems to be a little cursed.
    Here’s to hoping he gets better and gets the hex removed.

  4. EG says: Aug 15, 2010 7:41 AM

    so including some basic information like the player’s position is a bit too much to ask for…. right?

  5. ncoolong says: Aug 15, 2010 8:43 AM

    Poor bastard…good luck, Stafon

  6. Hailskinzz says: Aug 15, 2010 9:24 AM


  7. pt8106 says: Aug 15, 2010 9:28 AM

    obviously you don’t follow college or nfl football very closely. This was a major story last year for USC and dropped the barbell on his throat. He was a running back for USC and the Titans and was also playing on special teams for the Titans.

  8. BigBear123 says: Aug 15, 2010 9:43 AM

    Hey MDS, he is a running back.
    Johnson got up from a tackle only to see his foot twisted to the wrong side of his body. He’s the USC RB that battled back from a life-threatening weight room accident last season.

  9. JonnyBlaze says: Aug 15, 2010 9:47 AM

    I’m pretty sure Johnson is a running back.

  10. PurpleRaid12 says: Aug 15, 2010 11:01 AM

    Best of luck to the kid, what a bad turn of events. Hopefully though, he’ll be able to continue his NFL career

  11. vbedford says: Aug 15, 2010 11:50 AM

    You guys are dumb i saw rookie 2 times and running back once.

  12. fifthorkid says: Aug 15, 2010 12:05 PM

    Idiots – Anyone who follows football at all (and if you come to this site obviously you do) you know the story of Stafon Johnson and the fact that he is a RB.

  13. JustRay says: Aug 15, 2010 12:26 PM


  14. FumbleNuts says: Aug 15, 2010 12:33 PM

    Good luck kid, keep shooting for the stars.

  15. pilot08 says: Aug 15, 2010 1:12 PM

    I love his attitude. Good luck to him.

  16. QB or not QB says: Aug 15, 2010 2:53 PM

    It is unknown whether or not this would be a season ending injury, assuming he made the roster- which was not a certainty. He looked very good running the ball in his debut however.

  17. INTENSEG says: Aug 15, 2010 3:23 PM

    Good luck kid and I hope you can be back next season.

  18. raiderdude24 says: Aug 15, 2010 3:53 PM

    Really hope this kid comes back soon, he deserves it

  19. OJ SIMPSON says: Aug 15, 2010 5:49 PM

    Here’s the video of the ankle pop:
    Not that gruesome but will make you cringe

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