An Ole Miss defense already reeling from the injury bug reeled further Tuesday when Hugh Freeze announced that defensive end C.J. Johnson would miss the remainder of the 2013 season after surgery.
Johnson missed the Rebels' losses to Auburn and Texas A&M the past two weeks after reinjuring his leg in his team's 25-0 defeat to Alabama Sept. 28. Per the Associated Press, Freeze said Johnson would undergo surgery on his right ankle and apply for a medical redshirt for the 2013 season.
Johnson broke his right fibula in spring camp, recovering in time to play the first four games of the Rebels' season. He collected 12 tackles, four for loss, in those four appearances. But for a former five-star recruit who led the Rebels with 6.5 sacks last season, the junior's usual explosiveness seemed lacking.
The news is particularly poorly timed for the Rebels, who face LSU Saturday as 10-point underdogs and are already missing five-star freshman end Robert Nkemdiche for the next several weeks. The Clarion-Ledger reported senior Cameron Whigham is expected to get the start at end Saturday.