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Cautious optimism for Stafon Johnson

Former USC running back Stafon Johnson suffered a freak accident in college last year when he  dropped weights on his neck and crushed his larynx, ending his season. So it was even more depressing for the Titans rookie to suffer a dislocated ankle, fractured fibula and high ankle sprain in Saturday's preseason game against the Seahawks.

But there is generally good news about Johnson's prognosis. According to Titans coach Jeff Fisher, Johnson might be back in 8-12 weeks after undergoing surgery.

"I think everyone is pulling for him," said Fisher, via the Tennessean. "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. But injuries are part of it. You overcome them. He'll put this behind him. It's going to be great to have him around as he works through the rehab process. We'll keep him busy."

Fisher had the officials give the Titans the ball from Johnson's first carry so he could be presented with it after the game. "I had the ball in the locker room and then this happened," Fisher said. "It's difficult. As I told them, sometimes our game is not fair. Life's fair, but this game's not fair sometimes."

But Fisher believes Johnson will come through just fine.

"He's an outstanding young man. You can tell by the response of his teammates, and they've only known him for a short period of time. He'll get his opportunity again."


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