Florida Atlantic QB De'Andre Johnson had surgery for blood clots

Devin Singletary (C) celebrates after scoring a touchdown on September 9, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

While his teammates traveled for a game in Wisconsin over the weekend, Florida Atlantic QB De’Andre Johnson remained in Florida after undergoing surgery for two blood clots in his arm.

Johnson’s father Earl wrote in a Facebook post that the blood clots were discovered Sept. 7. The younger Johnson was “admitted for surgery” later that day. Owls coach Lane Kiffin told reporters that Johnson was still in the hospital as of Monday. It is unknown if Johnson will be able to suit up again this season.

“It was pretty scary,” Kiffin said, per the Sun Sentinel.

Johnson began his career at Florida State but was dismissed from the program after getting arrested for assaulting a woman at a Tallahassee bar. He then landed at East Mississippi Community College where he was featured on the Netflix series “Last Chance U.” After one season at EMCC, Johnson signed with Florida Atlantic.

Johnson was expected to win the starting QB job out of preseason camp, but was limited with an unspecified injury. He saw some playing time early in the year, but Daniel Parr has started both games for the Owls, now 0-2 after Saturday’s 31-14 against No. 10 Wisconsin in Madison.

Because of Hurricane Irma, Florida Atlantic stayed a few extra days in Madison and were scheduled to return to Boca Raton on Wednesday.

“They’re gone above and beyond,” Kiffin said. “It hasn’t just been food. It hasn’t just been facilities. To let us use their meeting rooms, that’s kind of sacred sometimes for people. It’s been really neat.”



FAU is scheduled to return to the field on Saturday at home against Bethune-Cookman. Per the Sun Sentinel, the scoreboard at FAU Stadium sustained some damage during the storm but there was no damage to the stadium “that would affect the game” being played.


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