USC running back Stafon Johnson was in "critical but stable" condition overnight after more than seven hours of throat surgery Monday following a weight-room accident.
Johnson, a senior, was starting a set of bench-press lifts when the bar apparently slipped out of his right hand and landed on his throat.
Johnson spit up blood through his mouth and nose and was transported by gurney to an ambulance. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, he underwent surgery to realign his larynx.
Doctors are hopeful Johnson will make a full recovery, which includes regaining his voice.
"The guy's been an integral part of our program for years," coach Pete Carroll said. "We all feel a bit damaged today. It's a bad deal. We feel horrible for him."
Johnson is USC's second-leading rusher with 157 yards in 32 carries. He has scored five touchdowns, including two in the 18-15 victory at Ohio State on Sept. 12.
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