After big victory, Utah may let QB Johnson mend

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Brian Johnson is throwing passes again, more than two weeks after a shoulder injury, but Utah's big victory over UCLA may give the quarterback more time to mend.

Tommy Grady threw three touchdown passes Saturday in a 44-6 upset of the then-No. 11 Bruins.

"Tommy's play gives us a luxury to bring (Johnson) back conservatively," coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We want to bring him back as soon as possible, but we don't want to compromise him."

Johnson was injured in the opener against Oregon State. The Utes were 0-2 before the victory against UCLA.

Johnson missed the 2006 season while recovering from knee surgery.

"It feels good and has been getting better every day," Johnson said of his shoulder. "I'm ready to get back on the field."

Utah plays UNLV this week.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-09-18-07 1606MDT

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