USC tailback Stafon Johnson did indeed suffer a throat injury while weightlifting this morning, according to the school’s Web site, which reported that Johnson is undergoing surgery this afternoon.
According to the site, Johnson was bench-pressing with a spotter when the bar slipped out of his hand and landed on his throat.
“It was an unfortunate accident, and Stafon is getting great care right now,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “We don’t have a lot of information at this point and we’ll keep everyone updated, but our thoughts and prayers are with Stafon.”
Said strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle: “I’ve seen players have the bar slip and fall onto their chest, but never in my 25 years of coaching have I heard of someone dropping a bar on their throat. We’re fortunate he was being spotted.”
Johnson, a senior from Dorsey High in Compton, is USC’s second-leading rusher with 157 yards. He leads the team with five touchdowns.