Syracuse Athletics team physician Dr. James Tucker reviewed Johnson's concussion history and has medically disqualified Johnson from further physical participation in football and/or any other contact sports at Syracuse University due to multiple concussions as of April 2015.
The two-year letterwinner and rising junior played in 23 games for the Orange, recording 10 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss of yards. He had two and a half sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.
As a freshman, Johnson missed two games following a concussion during the Florida State game. The events after the game remain hazy to him.
"I seriously don't remember how I got home," Johnson said of the FSU trip in a previous interview. "I mean, obviously on a plane, but I don't remember getting on the plane. My dad said he came down. I don't even remember seeing him."
Johnson joins Tyler Marona and Kyle Knapp on the list of SU players whose careers ended due to concussions in the last 18 months.
While the most important thing is that Johnson take care of his health, the loss of a key contributor on the defensive line gives SU one less option on a unit that desperately needs more of them. Already replacing three starters from last year, the unit has now lost Johnson, Marcus Coleman (medical disqualification) and Ryan Sloan (personal reasons).
As John noted in his spring preview, the Orange are going to rely heavily on Ron Thompson, John Raymon, Wayne Williams, Kayton Samuels, Chris Slayton and Luke Arciniega (thank goodness for that appeal) while also hoping Jake Pickard, Anthony Guidice, Tyler Cross and Steven Clark show some early development.