Cal DL Johnson out for '22 with lower-body injury

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Cal defensive lineman Brett Johnson, a presason All-Pac-12 selection, will miss his second straight season after sustaining a lower-body injury in practice Thursday.

California Golden Bears football loses DL Brett Johnson for 2nd straight season with lower-body injury 6:08 PM ET Adam RittenbergESPN Senior Writer Close College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University. California defensive lineman Brett Johnson , a presason All-Pac-12 selection, will miss his second straight season after sustaining a lower-body injury in practice Thursday. The team didn't specify the injury but said it's unrelated to the fractured hip Johnson suffered during a car accident in the spring of 2021, which caused him to miss the season. He started 13 games in his first two seasons at Cal and recorded 46 tackles, including six for loss and three sacks. ESPN's Todd McShay rated Johnson as the No. 40 overall prospect for the 2023 NFL draft. "Brett is one of the toughest and most dedicated football players I have ever been around," Cal coach Justin Wilcox said in a statement. "Although this is a difficult situation for him, I am confident that he will return to the field in 2023. He has the unwavering support of all his coaches, teammates and everyone in our football program. It is important for us to rally around each other as a team and respond positively to this adversity." Johnson was selected second-team preseason All-Pac-12 by the league's coaches. He appeared in all 17 possible games in 2019 and 2020. Johnson underwent surgery on his hip shortly after the car accident in April 2021. Cal opens the season next Saturday at home against UC Davis.