Sept. 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Southern California tailback Stafon Johnson is unlikely to play again this season after a falling weight bar crushed his neck and larynx.

California Hospital Medical Center spokeswoman Katreena Salgado says Johnson is in critical but stable condition late Monday after more than seven hours of surgery,

The senior who scored the No. 7 Trojans' go-ahead touchdown against Ohio State two weeks ago was bench-pressing when the bar slipped from his right hand and fell onto his throat.

In a statement released by the hospital, trauma medical director Dr. Gudata Hinika says Johnson's prognosis is good and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.