Johnson making encouraging recovery

Updated: October 9, 2009, 12:18 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California coach Pete Carroll says tailback Stafon Johnson is healing remarkably well just 10 days after a weightlifting accident crushed his throat and larynx.

Johnson had several tests Thursday that left his doctors delighted with the speed of his recovery, Carroll says. Johnson, who scored the go-ahead touchdown in No. 7 USC's win at Ohio State last month, had seven hours of reconstructive surgery after the accident.

Carroll says Johnson already is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation. Johnson isn't expected to play again for the Trojans, but doctors believe the senior will recover fully.

Johnson tweeted his pleasure with the test results, saying he's "feeling much better."

Earlier Johnson's mother, Kim Mallory, sent in a text message to ESPN's Shelley Smith, saying "The voice box looks good and healing fine. And did some movement on the vocal chords [amen] not sure how much but God is good."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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