LANE JOHNSON TO RETURN TO EAGLES
Two weeks ago, hours before Philadelphia’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, veteran offensive lineman Lane Johnson was announced as inactive. According to the team, his absence was a “personal matter,” with many noting that it was not injury related.
Nick Sirianni and Johnson’s teammates declined to comment on any details, only stating that they supported Johnson and what he was going through. Sirianni sported Johnson’s number 65 on his visor, along with Brandon Graham and Isaac Seumalo’s numbers, leaving fans to wonder if Johnson would also be out for the remainder of the season.
On Monday, Johnson broke his silence, explaining his time away from the team on Twitter.
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) October 18, 2021
He stated, “I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support over the last two weeks. I appreciate the positive notes and messages, and I’ve worked hard to restore my personal life. Depression and anxiety are things I’ve dealt with for a long time and have kept hidden from friends and family. If you’re reading this and struggling, please know that you are not alone. I am excited to re-join my teammates and coaches. I’m grateful for the entire Eagles community and look forward to continuing to play in front of [the] best fans in the world.”
In total, Johnson has missed three games — a loss to the Chiefs and Buccaneers and a win over the Panthers during Week 5.
His return will mean another offensive lineup for the Eagles, who have already had four different ones this season. Driscoll filled in for Johnson against the Chiefs, followed by Mailata, who moved to the right side from left tackle. Mailata’s return to the left will shift Andre Dillard back to the sidelines.
This Sunday, the Eagles travel west to play the Las Vegas Raiders. Johnson will be a massive benefit as Raiders’ Maxx Crosby already has five sacks (tying for ninth-most in the NFL through six games this season).