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(AP) Rookie Stafon Johnson has a game ball from his NFL debut. He also has had his dislocated right ankle repaired, and Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher isn’t ready to call the running back’s season over just yet.

Johnson tweeted Sunday he was fresh out of surgery.

This is the running back whose senior season at Southern California was ended in September when a barbell crushed his neck and larynx.

Fisher says Johnson isn’t necessarily headed to injured reserve.

The coach estimated the rookie’s recovery time between eight and 12 weeks.

That seems optimistic. Johnson’s injury was so gruesome Fisher said he just thought the rookie’s shoe had come off in Saturday night’s 20-18 loss at Seattle.

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