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Drake Johnson, Football Player, Hit by Forklift While Stretching

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Michigan running back Drake Johnson celebrates a touchdown. (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

By    |   Friday, 15 Apr 2016 10:35 AM

Drake Johnson, a University of Michigan football player, was hospitalized after reportedly being run over by a forklift while he was stretching at the university's indoor track and field facility.

Statements from the university and football coach Jim Harbaugh offered few details about the Wednesday accident involving the senior running back, but Derick Hutchinson of WDIV-TV tweeted information he obtained from a source.


The Detroit News reported on the university's statement on Johnson's injury:

"On Wednesday, an accident occurred at the indoor track and field building involving student-athlete Drake Johnson. He was evaluated by a U-M athletic department team physician and was referred to the U-M Health system for further evaluation."

During a conference call on Thursday, Harbaugh said he talked with Johnson and his family, said the Detroit Free Press.

"… He's doing well," Harbaugh said. "I could tell you this, it would have killed a lesser man. He is blue twisted steel, very flexible and amazing. It's one of those miraculous things, but he's done well as can be expected."

Johnson posted his own statement on Twitter on Thursday.


A redshirted senior expected to play in the fall, Johnson had already overcome two major football injuries in his Michigan career, noted the Free Press. He suffered a torn ACL while playing special teams in the opening game of 2013 and missed the rest of the season, stated the newspaper.

Johnson then tore his ACL again against Ohio State in 2014 after having a productive season, noted the Free Press.

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