Lane Johnson is back with the Eagles. On Monday, the right tackle announced that he is returning to the club after a three-week hiatus to focus on his mental health.
“I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support over the last two weeks,” Johnson said (Twitter link). “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.”
Johnson was a surprise inactive for Week 4 and remained out for Weeks 5 and 6. Without the 31-year-old, the Eagles turned to backup Jack Driscoll as their last-minute starter against the Chiefs. For the last two games, they deployed Jordan Mailata on the right side with Andre Dillard serving as the left tackle.
The Birds have dropped two of their last three games without Johnson. Now, the veteran will return just in time for this week’s contest against the Raiders.
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