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    Philadelphia Eagles Lane Johnson Returns, Addresses Mental Health

    Lane Johnson Back After Mental Health Break

    Philadelphia Eagles’ right tackle Lane Johnson is returning to the team after taking a two-week hiatus to address his mental health, per ESPN.

    “I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support over the last two weeks,”Johnson wrote on social media. “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.”

    The 31-year-old right tackle, was surprisingly inactive before the Eagles faced off against the Kansas City Chiefs. His backup, Jack Driscoll, was notified hours before kickoff that he would be starting, per sources. The team addressed it and emphasized Johnson was dealing with a personal matter.

    Although Johnson has opened up about football-related anxiety in the past, this has been a theme before on this Eagles team. One of Johnson’s closest friends, Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks, missed several games throughout his career due to his mental health. They tend to share special moments with each other that may seem odd to an outsider’s view but to them, it’s just another day in the office. They shared that they often puke at the pregame, then chat and joke about it after.

    “We’re all human. We’re not monsters,” Johnson said during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run in 2017. “… It’s not foreign. It’s just something that’s not talked about. Unfortunately, it’s a stigma where it’s seen as a weakness. When you bring it to light, a lot of people in this world have it.”

    Lane Johnson’s Official Return to the Philadelphia Eagles

    All in all, Johnson was excused for three games, with Driscoll filling in for him. Many of his teammates understood, reached out and showed support. They also wished him well during his hiatus.

    “A lot of love for Lane. I’m praying for him,” Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said. “He’s in my heart, for sure.”

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