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Iowa State CB carted off after helmet-to-helmet hit vs Texas

Leonard Johnson

There was yet another scary moment involving a helmet-to-helmet hit on Saturday when Iowa State cornerback Leonard Johnson collided with a pair of teammates during the fourth quarter of a 37-14 loss to Texas.

Johnson remained on the field before being carted off the field. Thankfully, Johnson was able to give a thumbs up on his way

After the game, coach Paul Rhoads said Johnson, a second-team All Big 12 in 2010, had movement in his extremities, but couldn’t offer much else as far as specifics of the injury.

I don’t know much,” Rhoads said. “He was taken to the hospital. Out there on the field, he was able to move his arms, legs, hands, fingers.

“They were just taking every extra precaution.”

UPDATED 9:28 P.m. ET: There’s some good news on Johnson’s status, as it appears the injury looked far worse than it actually was. Johnson returned to practice on Sunday and all CT scans at the hospital showed no major damage. By the way Johnson makes it sound, the injury was probably nothing more than a bad stinger.

“I was just feeling awkward, you know what I mean, tingling in my fingers, my arms were numb so it was just one of those deals where the medical staff did a really good job making sure I stayed as still as possible as I could,” Johnson said. “It’s nothing that will cause me to miss any games or anything like that.”

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