New Hampshire Football Report

Dukes lose running back

According to the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., James Madison junior running back Cardon Johnson will not play again this season because of an Achilles injury. James Madison will meet the University of New Hampshire in the second round of the FCS playoffs Saturday (2 p.m.).

Johnson ran for 704 yards and eight touchdowns on 114 carries this season.

“He has probably pushed it beyond the limits most people would push it,” Houston told the Daily News-Record. “He would do whatever we asked him to do. If we asked him to go out there and try to play this week, he’d go try to play.

“It’s just gotten to a point where he’s not able to go out there and be productive. He has made the decision and we have made the decision with him. We support him to go get fixed and get back for spring practice.”

Johnson did not play in James Madison’s last two regular-season games. He ran for 40 yards on 11 carries in James Madison’s 42-39 victory over UNH earlier this season.

Without Johnson, the Dukes will rely even more on Khalid Abdullah, a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection. Abdullah has 1,300 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns this season. He gained 57 yards on 12 carries in the earlier meeting with UNH.

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