Georgia CB Rico Johnson may have career-ending medical issue


When it rains, it pours, and brother is it pouring on the Georgia Bulldogs secondary this season. This time is freshman cornerback Rico Johnson, who has a long-term medical issue that could end his career, according to

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Johnson, who had originally been signed as a wide receiver but was switched to defensive back just before the season, was in the two-deep depth chart at corner, and was probably going to be depended upon even more with the loss of defensive back Sheldon Dawson, who is no longer with the team.

This means a Georgia defensive secondary which was already one of the youngest and least experienced in the conference will be one more man down for the remainder of the season.

Johnson, who the Bulldogs signed out of Swainsboro High School, was obviously distraught at the possibility of his playing days being done so soon.

Not only will the Dawgs miss Johnson in the secondary, but he was also a member of the special teams unit, where he played in all four games. This will be the second hit that special teams has taken in less than a week, with freshman Sony Michel, who was one of the unit’s top gunners, being sidelined indefinitely with a separated shoulder.

Johnson appear in all four games for Georgia this season, and had five total tackles.