USCRipsit.com is reporting that as of 9 pm tonight USC RB Stafon Johnson is still in surgery for the neck/throat injury he sustained this morning during his weight training. Johnson was working at the bench press when the injury occurred.
ETA: @BrandonJHancock (10pm) Latest word…Stafon in Surgery to reconstruct vocal cords.
ETA 2: From the LA Times…
USC running back Stafon Johnson is still in surgery at California Hospital Medical Center near downtown. His condition was “critical but stable” as of about 7:20 tonight, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Friends and family of Johnson have gathered at the hospital, waiting for him to return from surgery which began about five hours ago.
Johnson was injured this morning while lifting weights at the school.
The senior from Dorsey High was just starting a set of bench press lifts when he apparently lost control of the bar and it landed on his neck. He was reportedly spitting up blood and was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where surgery began sometime around 2 p.m., according to family friend John Eatman, a former high school teammate.
Eatman was among about a dozen friends and family members gathered in hospital waiting room this evening. “Right now we don’t know anything,” Eatman said. “We’re just hoping he’s all right.”
Johnson’s mother, Kim Mallory, was at the hospital but declined comment through a family spokesperson.
ETA 3: 10:30 pm RT @BrandonJHancock Stafon out of surgery now. My thoughts and prayers with No. 13 and family.
ETA 4: 11:07 pm According to ABC7: Stafon Johnson expected to make full recovery and though he will be out all of THIS season, his prognosis says Stafon should be back in the Cardinal and Gold No. 13 next season.
Please keep Stafon and his family in your prayers.