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USC's Johnson tries for NFL career after injury

By: AP
By: AP

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Former Southern California tailback Stafon
Johnson is back on the football field.

Johnson is preparing for Saturday's Senior Bowl along with other
NFL hopefuls, four months after his larynx was crushed in a
weightlifting accident.

His USC coach, Pete Carroll, says he has no doubt that Johnson
will make it back to his old form.

The running back required seven hours of immediate
reconstructive surgery. Three more operations followed from an
accident that could have been fatal, and he spent 16 days in the
hospital.

He still speaks with a soft, raspy voice. But he was cleared by
doctors to play and happily accepted an invitation to the Senior
Bowl. He says shaking the rust off isn't a problem.


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