Not quite sure what happened here but it appears that sometime in the first half of Ohio's non-conference finale vs. UNC Asheville today senior guard Ricardo Johnson suffered what may turn out to be a serious leg injury. Jason Arkley of the Athens Messenger reported the injury first on Twitter, calling is "nasty" and drawing similarities to the broken leg former Cincinnati Bengal nose tackle Tim Krumrie suffered in Super Bowl XXIII.
Oh no....looks like Ricardo Johnson just broke his leg— Jason Arkley (@JasonAmessenger) January 4, 2014
Right ankle/leg injury for Johnson. Looked especially nasty on the replay. Still down on the floor.— Jason Arkley (@JasonAmessenger) January 4, 2014
Johnson elevated on the baseline, left side. When he landed, lower leg/ankle got caught underneath him.— Jason Arkley (@JasonAmessenger) January 4, 2014
One view appeared to show that sickening dangling lower leg (aka Krumrie). Hope it looked worse that it is— Jason Arkley (@JasonAmessenger) January 4, 2014
Johnson was carried off the court by his teammates, and the 'Cats entered halftime trailing UNC Asheville 43-31. Johnson, in his second year as a major contributor, has started every game this season for Ohio. He is currently third on the team with 9.1 points-per-game, third with 5.2 rebounds-per-game and third in minutes played at just under 28 a game. Johnson is known for being a slasher and a plus defender. Before he left the game he had gone 0-for-2 from the field with one steal a pair of personal fouls and a turnover.
Nothing has been officially announced yet in terms of Johnson's status, but based on Arkley's tweets, it's likely his season is over.
We'll update as we know more.