Eagles’ Lane Johnson joins team after battles with anxiety and depression – .

Eagles’ Lane Johnson joins team after battles with anxiety and depression – .

Lane Johnson released a statement on Monday morning about his personal struggles with anxiety and depression and said he is returning to the Eagles after a three-game hiatus.
Johnson, 31, was knocked out at the last minute before the Kansas City game, then missed the next two games against Carolina and Tampa Bay. The team said his absence was due to a “personal matter” and that no further details were given until Monday morning.

Here’s Johnson’s full statement:

“I want to thank everyone for their understanding and support over the past two weeks. I appreciate the positive notes and messages as I have worked hard to restore my personal life. Depression and anxiety are things that I have dealt with for a long time and have kept hidden from friends and family. If you are reading this and are having a hard time, know that you are not alone.

“I am delighted to join my teammates and my coaches. I’m grateful to the entire Eagles community and can’t wait to continue playing in front of (the) best fans in the world!

“Yeah, that’s huge,” head coach Nick Sirianni told 94WIP on Monday morning. “Obviously Lane is a big part of anything we want to do here. He’s a great player, a great person. Can’t wait to see it in the building and get it back there ready to roll. “

During his absence, Johnson’s coaches and teammates have continually expressed their support for him without revealing his personal matter.

“We just want our players to know that we are all there to support them at all times,” said Sirianni, “whatever they go through, good, bad and that’s what a team does. And that’s what we’re doing here in this organization.

A first-round pick in 2013, Johnson is one of the longest-serving players on the roster. He’s also a three-time pro Bowler and the Eagles have traditionally been much better with him on the court. The Eagles were 1-2 in that stretch without him.

The Eagles will resume their schedule Sunday in Las Vegas after a mini week off after playing Thursday night. Johnson’s status is unknown, but if he’s back and ready to play, the Eagles will have their Pro Bowl right tackle back in the starting lineup.

If that happens, it would likely mean the Eagles bring Jordan Mailata back to his place on the left tackle and go for an offensive line like this: Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Jack Driscoll, Johnson.

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