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Lane Johnson announces he’s re-joining the Eagles

Philadelphia’s starting right tackle is back after time away due to a “personal matter.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles are getting some good news coming out of their mini-bye. Starting right tackle Lane Johnson announced (via his official Twitter account) that he’s ready to rejoin the team after unexpectedly missing three games due to an undisclosed “personal matter.”

“I would like to thank 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 of [the] best fans in the world! #FlyEaglesFly”

Mental health is obviously very important. It’s unfortunate to see that Johnson has been struggling in this regard. It’s good to see he’s now back, though. The Eagles will be happy to have one of their best players back in the fold.

Johnson’s return means that the Eagles will shift Jordan Mailata back to left tackle with Andre Dillard heading to the bench. The entire projected starting offensive line moving forward:

Left tackle — Jordan Mailata
Left guard — Landon Dickerson
Center — Jason Kelce
Right guard — Jack Driscoll
Right tackle — Lane Johnson

Johnson’s return comes at a good time with the Eagles set to travel out west to play the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 7. His presence figures to come in handy against Maxx Crosby, who is tied for the ninth most sacks in the NFL with five in six games played.

Welcome back, Lane.