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Posted on: Saturday, November 14, 2009

CFB: USCís Stafon Johnson briefly speaks


By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES ó Stafon Johnson already can speak in a soft, raspy voice less than three months after a weight bar crushed the Southern California tailbackís throat.

Johnson briefly demonstrated his remarkable recovery from a potentially fatal weight room accident Saturday before the Trojansí game against Stanford. Repeating the last words spoken to him by his grandfather, Johnson said, ďGod has a plan. Run, Stafon, run.Ē
Johnson also has regained the ability to swallow and eat solid food, an improbably quick achievement after several operations on his neck. His doctors have removed his tracheostomy tube from his throat, and he no longer has a feeding tube in his stomach.
Johnson has had three more operations since leaving the hospital Oct. 14.