Stafon Johnson could miss as few as eight weeks

When Titans running back Stafon Johnson was carted off the field with a dislocated ankle Saturday night, it looked like his rookie season was over before it started. But Titans coach Jeff Fisher said after Johnson had successful surgery that if things go well the recovery time could be eight to twelve weeks.

Fisher said he’s rooting for Johnson, whose 2009 season at USC was cut short when he suffered serious injuries to his throat in a weightlifting accident.

I just think everyone is pulling for him,” Fisher said. “How can you not pull for him considering what he’s gone through? Then to have that happen, in the first preseason game, is difficult.”

The undrafted Johnson was never a lock to make the roster in the first place, and this injury gives him an even steeper path to playing in a regular-season game. But the good news is that it’s possible he could play in 2010, and Fisher said he does see Johnson making it in the NFL.

“He’ll get his opportunity again,” Fisher said. “He showed he can play in this league.”