Ole Miss DE CJ Johnson breaks leg in practice

The Rebels’ practice hasn’t exactly gone as expected so far. Hugh Freeze said the backup quarterbacks have struggled in Bo Wallace’s absence, and starting defensive end and leading sacker CJ Johnson suffered a broken fibula during the first practice in pads.

Johnson will be out the remainder of the spring.

“Injuries are a part of the game,” Freeze said in a news release. “We sure hate it for the kids. C.J. has a fracture in his leg. We’ll get that thing fixed this week and get him back on the way to recovery.”

Ole Miss is wasting no time getting surgery scheduled and the expected three-month recovery process started.

Johnson led the Rebels with 6.5 sacks last season, and he looked to be a budding superstar.

Johnson’s backups Cameron Wigham and Carlos Thompson will see more first-team reps at rush end, and a continued emphasis will be placed on fellow end Channing Ward to emerge this spring as a breakout player.

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