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    Right tackle Rod Johnson is out indefinitely after a stinger during scrimmage reps on Friday. / Gator Country photo by David Bowie

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Written by Nick de la Torre, April 6, 2015, 1 Comment,
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The Florida Gators coaching staff has been walking around with horseshoes, four-leaf clovers, rabbits’ feet and any other good luck charm they could get their hands on this spring. For the most part, rubbing Buddha’s belly and not stepping on cracks in the sidewalk has helped them as the Gators have remained largely unaffected by the injury bug that has plagued them the past two years.

Until last Friday.

“We took a pretty big blow in the o-line with Rod Johnson, kind of went down and got banged up a little bit,” McElwain said. “We’ve got to check on some pre-existing injury-type of stuff there to see where he’s going to be at, but he’s definitely obviously with what we have until we have more information on it.”

Pressed as to what Johnson’s injury was, McElwain was unclear but his non-medical professional diagnosis didn’t sound good.

“He got banged up and kind of felt you know his fingers kind of went numb and you know kind of stinger-ish type of deal, which I still don’t know quite what exactly that is other than you know those are things that you’re always very cautious with and we’ll get that thing looked at by a lot of different people.”

“Stinger” is an old, common term among football coaches and players, but what is a stinger? It’s an injury to the nerves in the neck and/or shoulder that cause a burning, stinging or numb feeling. Another name for the injury is a brachial plexus injury. The injury is caused by the traction or compressive forces on the brachial plexus — such as a hard hit to the shoulder.

To access and determine the extent of the injury, or to diagnosis the injury, doctors will use X-Rays, EMGs and a MRI to determine the extent of the problem and pinpoint an area.

It sounds like that process has already begun.

“Well, they went in and found out there were some things that he might have had well before from that area. And, if they had shown me the X-ray, I wouldn’t have been able to tell what the heck it was anyway. We’ll do, obviously, what’s in his best interest. In moving forward, we’ll make sure we do what’s best there.”

Johnson is the second most experienced offensive lineman (12 appearances) on the roster. He’s projected to be a starting offensive linemen this season for the Gators, anchoring down the right tackle spot and, at a position that was already razor thin, this is precisely the loss that Florida didn’t need and isn’t prepared to recover from.

Johnson will obviously be held out the remainder of spring but the fact that McElwain mentions previous injuries and the desire to get multiple opinions so soon is discouraging.

Johnson was out at practice today with the Gators going through their final practice without pads but he did not participate in any drills.

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About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

  1. subtle_gatorApril 7, 2015, 10:16 am

    Nick, thanks for the clarification of the injury. Any similiar injures like this that you can give a general time frame based on the extremes?

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The Florida Gators coaching staff has been walking around with horseshoes, four-leaf clovers, rabbits’ feet and any other good luck charm they could get their hands on this spring. For the most part, rubbing Buddha’s belly and not stepping on cracks in the sidewalk has helped them as the Gators have remained largely unaffected by the injury bug that has plagued them the past two years.

Until last Friday.

“We took a pretty big blow in the o-line with Rod Johnson, kind of went down and got banged up a little bit,” McElwain said. “We’ve got to check on some pre-existing injury-type of stuff there to see where he’s going to be at, but he’s definitely obviously with what we have until we have more information on it.”

Pressed as to what Johnson’s injury was, McElwain was unclear but his non-medical professional diagnosis didn’t sound good.

“He got banged up and kind of felt you know his fingers kind of went numb and you know kind of stinger-ish type of deal, which I still don’t know quite what exactly that is other than you know those are things that you’re always very cautious with and we’ll get that thing looked at by a lot of different people.”

“Stinger” is an old, common term among football coaches and players, but what is a stinger? It’s an injury to the nerves in the neck and/or shoulder that cause a burning, stinging or numb feeling. Another name for the injury is a brachial plexus injury. The injury is caused by the traction or compressive forces on the brachial plexus — such as a hard hit to the shoulder.

To access and determine the extent of the injury, or to diagnosis the injury, doctors will use X-Rays, EMGs and a MRI to determine the extent of the problem and pinpoint an area.

It sounds like that process has already begun.

“Well, they went in and found out there were some things that he might have had well before from that area. And, if they had shown me the X-ray, I wouldn’t have been able to tell what the heck it was anyway. We’ll do, obviously, what’s in his best interest. In moving forward, we’ll make sure we do what’s best there.”

Johnson is the second most experienced offensive lineman (12 appearances) on the roster. He’s projected to be a starting offensive linemen this season for the Gators, anchoring down the right tackle spot and, at a position that was already razor thin, this is precisely the loss that Florida didn’t need and isn’t prepared to recover from.

Johnson will obviously be held out the remainder of spring but the fact that McElwain mentions previous injuries and the desire to get multiple opinions so soon is discouraging.

Johnson was out at practice today with the Gators going through their final practice without pads but he did not participate in any drills.

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