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March 20, 2013
Hugh Freeze talks about Johnson's injury and practice Wednesday.
OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze kept things in perspective on Wednesday, a short time after watching the Rebels training staff help C.J. Johnson off the field with a leg injury.
Johnson, a rising 6-foot-2, 233-pound junior, rolled his right leg early during the Rebels' third spring practice and suffered a fractured fibula. Johnson said on Twitter he's scheduled for surgery Thursday.
Freeze saw the X-rays before practice ended and expects his starting defensive end to be full strength for the fall.
"Injuries are a part of this game, you sure hate it for the kids," Freeze said. "We'll get that thing fixed this week and get him back on the road to recovery. He'll be ready to go in the fall."
Johnson's absence should mean more reps with the primary unit for Carlos Thompson and Kameron Wood. Cameron Whigham, Channing Ward and potentially D.T. Shackelford are others at defensive end.
Johnson played in 13 games in 2012 with 10 starts. He was sixth on the team in tackles with 55 and led the Rebels with 6.5 sacks.
He also had a fumble recovery. He was an honorable mention All-America selection by College Football News.
"Thanks for all prayers... Couple months I'll be back better than ever. Minor setback," Johnson said on Twitter.
Quarterback Bo Wallace and offensive lineman Aaron Morris are other notables not participating in spring practice due to injury.
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