Well known tailback, Stafon Johnson is unlikely to play again this season after a falling weight bar crushed his neck and larynx. Johnson was in critical but stable condition late Monday night after more than seven hours of surgery to help reconstruct and open his airways. The accident occurred when Johnson was bench pressing early Monday morning when the bar slipped out of his right hand and fell at an angle onto his throat, according to a statement released by the university. USC athletic trainers and emergency personnel rushed to the scene.
Johnson was taken to a hospital where he still is currently being held. Johnson, a 5-foot-11 senior, is the Trojans’ second-leading rusher with 157 yards, and he leads USC with five touchdowns. He was USC’s leading rusher in 2008 with 705 yards. “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,” said strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle, who was standing 10 feet away when the accident happened. Accident like this, occur often in college sports. Is the pressure put on these young college athletes to turn pro too much? What do you think?