NEW: LSU cornerback JK Johnson likely out for the year after undergoing surgery

LSU’s secondary took a major blow in fall camp when Ohio State transfer JK Johnson, who was expected to compete for a starting spot at outside cornerback, went down with a leg injury.

Now, it seems that Johnson is unlikely to return to the Tigers in 2023.

On Wednesday, coach Brian Kelly said that Johnson underwent successful surgery to repair a left leg fracture and will be out until December, at the very earliest. This means that if Johnson were to play, it likely wouldn’t be until the postseason.

A former top-100 recruit, Johnson played in 15 games with five starts in two seasons with the Buckeyes.

Without Johnson, LSU has turned to transfers Duce Chestnut and Zy Alexander, though Denver Harris — another transfer — got the start against Grambling in his debut with the Tigers and could be moving toward the full-time starting role.

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