Lane Johnson To Rejoin Birds
After Mental Health Struggle, 3-Time Pro Bowl RT Announces Return
Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson announced Monday that he’s rejoining the team this week after missing the past three games with a previously undisclosed personal matter that Johnson attributed to “depression and anxiety.”
Johnson, a three-time Pro Bowler and nine-year veteran, wrote on his social media account that he has hid depression and anxiety from friends and family “for a long time” and reminded readers of his post that “they aren’t alone” if they also suffer from mental health issues.
Johnson, a Super Bowl champion with the Eagles in 2017. concluded that he’s excited to rejoin the Eagles and looks forward to resuming his career. The Eagles last played Thursday, a 28-22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and on Wednesday will start preparation for their Sunday road game in Las Vegas against the 3-2 Raiders.
Here’s Johnson’s entire post:
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) October 18, 2021
The Eagles have been using a makeshift offensive line for most of the season because of injuries and absences. Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks, a close friend of Johnson’s who in the past has acknowledged his own battle with anxiety that caused him to miss games, has been sidelined since Week 2 because of a pectoral strain and left guard Issac Seuamlo is out for the rest of the year after suffering a Lis franc foot injury in Week 3 that required surgery.
Johnson’s return should move Jordan Mailata back to left tackle. Mailata has started the past two games at right tackle in Johnson’s place with backup Andre Dillard playing left tackle. Dillard will likely return to the bench.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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