Presumed No. 1 tailback Brandon Johnson suffered ankle and knee injuries in practice Tuesday, coach Tyrone Willingham just announced.
Willingham said he doesn't believe Johnson's status for the coming season is threatened, but he didn't rule out the possiblity that Johnson is done for the spring. Or that he could be back this afternoon. (Willingham is notoriously vague when it comes to injury prognosis.)
When we went out for our brief look at the opening of practice, the team was in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts. Johnson was on the field only briefly, jogging with a limp apparently favoring his left leg. Once practice began, he was missing, apparently off for treatment.
Assuming he's out a while, Willingham said Brandon Yakaboski and Willie Griffin are running 1 and 1A to replace him. And Willingham also said that J.R. Hasty has quickly worked his way into the mix as well.