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Johnson scheduled to leave hospital

Updated: October 14, 2009, 5:59 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Just 16 days after Stafon Johnson's neck was crushed in a weightlifting accident, the USC tailback is heading home.

Johnson smiled during a news conference Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his first public appearance since the accident. He was scheduled to be released later in the day.

Wearing a black USC sweatshirt and a red cap with the Trojans' helmet logo, Johnson walked easily through the hospital and exchanged teasing gestures with friends. He ...

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