C.J. Johnson has an idea of the challenge ahead for Laquon Treadwell

The Laquon Treadwell injury was unique in how the leg bent, not unheard of but unique.

And certainly painful.

One Ole Miss player who has a better understanding of what Treadwell is going through than most of their teammates is CJ Johnson.

Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack called Johnson the team’s best defensive player after 2012 when Johnson posted 6.5 sacks.

Johnson sustained a broken leg in spring drills prior to the 2013 season.

Johnson attempted to come back for 2013. While he was cleared to play he wasn’t as explosive at first as he had been. Ultimately his season ended because of an ankle problem and other issues, and he was able to regain that year of eligibility. He’s a junior this season and has 26 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.

Johnson said it took a good long time before he felt like himself again.

“It actually took a while. Maybe till the start of this year, spring ball. Earlier this year I felt like I was starting to become myself. There are days when it hurts, and there are days when it feels good. You’ve just got to take the good with the bad. Just rehab it every day,” he said.

He shared a little insight into the comeback that Treadwell faces.

“If anybody can do it I know it’s him. He’s one of the toughest guys we’ve got on this team. He’s really strong and he works. This is going to require work. He’s the type of person that will be able to overcome something like that. The toughest part was just getting over the mental side and the pain aspect. Then starting back over with everything because you’re off for so long. It’s almost like you’re learning how to walk and run again. It’s a challenge, but I know he’s up for it, and I know he’ll be ready for it. We’ll be there supporting him.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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