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RT Lane Johnson back with the Eagles after mental health leave

Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson says he is ready to rejoin his team after a three-game absence to attend to his mental health.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 05: Brandon Brooks #79 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks to Lane Johnson #65 during training camp at the NovaCare Complex on August 5, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson has announced that he is set to rejoin his team after missing the past three games. In a Twitter post, he explained that he took the leave of absence to take care of his mental health.

“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,” he wrote.

Depression and anxiety are things I’ve dealt with for a long time and kept hidden from my friends and family,” he shared.

Johnson: "You are not alone"

He also offered words of encouragement to those who are dealing with the same problems. “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!”

There has been an outpouring of support for Johnson on social media for his willingness to share his story with the public, and for the reminder that it's all right for people struggling with mental health issues to seek help.

Philadelphia had earlier respected Johnson's privacy and declined to discuss the nature of the 31-year-old’s absence, which had been described as a personal matter. At the start of the right tackle’s leave, Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said he didn’t know when, or even if, Johnson would come back to the team.

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Johnson's services missed

Johnson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection has been an asset to the Eagles, playing every snap for the first three games of the season. The team, currently 2-4, went 1-2 during his absence.

Jack Driscoll covered for Johnson against the Chiefs, and Jordan Mailata took over for the last two games.

The Eagles will travel to play the Las Vegas Raiders (4-2) on Sunday, Oct. 24. Kickoff for the Week 7 game is at 4:05 pm ET.


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