Stafon Johnson's recovery from a weight room incident that crushed his windpipe, vocal chords and adam's apple was nothing short of amazing. He went undrafted, but was signed by the Tennessee Titans immediately afterwards, and anyone who wasn't pulling for the kid doesn't have a heart.
Which is why watching him get carted off during the Seahawks-Titans game was so painful -- Johnson, on the final play of the third quarter, took a shovel pass from Rusty Smith and ended up in a nasty pile of Seahawk defenders, with his leg twisted up underneath him.
As the telecast resumed, Johnson was on the ground, surrounded by his teammates, coaches and trainers tending to an apparent ankle injury.
Particularly impressive was Pete Carrroll coming all the way over from the Seahawks side of the field to comfort the fr
The Titans huddled in a team prayer as Johnson, openly weeping, was loaded on a cart with an airbag around his ankle. The Seahawks fans stood and applauded as the cart wheeled into the locker room area.
Hopefully -- and it's probably a stretch -- Johnson will be able to return quickly and won't have suffered too tough an injury. The silver lining in this, however small, is that Johnson knows a thing or two about resilience under the duress of being injured.
Update (12:35): Per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean on Twitter , Johnson dislocated his right ankle. Yikes.
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