Lane Johnson announces return to Philadelphia in emotional statement
After being away from the team for the last two weeks, Lane Johnson announced this morning on Twitter that he would be returning to the team this week when the Eagles travel to Las Vegas to play the Raiders. Johnson has been inactive since before the Chiefs game for undisclosed reasons.
Full Statement from Lane Johnson:
“I would like everyone for their understanding and support over the last two weeks. I appreciate the positive notes and messages as 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 my 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”
Obviously the mental health of anyone comes before football. The media reportedly honored Johnson’s and the Eagles request to keep the reasoning behind his absense under wraps until Lane himself wanted to address it. For a player like Lane Johnson and everything he has done for the Eagles and the city of Philadelphia, that request was rightfully honored. To see him come out and publicly address his own issues and let Eagles fans know he’s working through something but will rejoin the team is honorable.
With Lane Johnson back, Andre Dillard will be headed back to the bench and Jordan Mailata will return to left tackle. Dickerson and Driscoll will still be the guards and of course, Jason Kelce will be under center. The Eagles have an extended off week this week, after playing Thursday and not playing again until Sunday against the Raiders.