Eagles Wake-Up Call: Lane Johnson’s Impact

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

With his running back still eight yards from the end zone, Lane Johnson had already started fist pumping. Darren Sproles scampered 25 yards for a score in Johnson’s first series back from a 10-game suspension, and it was the right tackle who largely paved the way.

The Eagles drove 78 yards to open their 24-19 win over the Giants, with two rushes accounting for 42 yards that featured Johnson as a key blocker. Questions arose for weeks about what kind of shape Johnson would be in when he returned to Philadelphia, and in the first series alone, he answered them with an exclamation mark.

“It was huge to get Lane back. I can’t wait to get back and watch the tape and see some of the things that he did,” Carson Wentz said. “That was a good spark for us as an offense.” Read more »

Lane Johnson: ‘I Failed the Team’

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Before Lane Johnson left the Eagles earlier this year, the team sat at 3-1 and looked like a legitimate playoff contender. But as Johnson served his 10-game suspension in Oklahoma City, the Birds unraveled in Philadelphia with a rotating cast of characters trying to fill Johnson’s place at right tackle.

In his absence, the offense sputtered and the team lost eight of their 10 games.

“I didn’t like it. I can tell you that much. It was a shitty situation — you can put that on record. It sucked,” Johnson said. “From now on, no more strikes or I’m out. I know what’s at stake. I think this will bring the best out of me as a player and hopefully as a person.” Read more »

Lane Johnson To Start In First Game Back From Suspension

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

After completing his 10-game suspension, Lane Johnson will start for the Eagles when they host the Giants on Thursday Night Football this week, Doug Pederson announced. Pederson previously said he was unsure of playing Johnson on a short week after missing months of action, but he noted Monday afternoon that injuries along the offensive line drove him to announce Johnson as the starter at right tackle.

Pederson hasn’t seen Johnson and doesn’t know whether he the offensive lineman in shape, but he expects Johnson to be ready. He also pointed out how Allen Barbre (hamstring), Isaac Seumalo (ankle) and Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) are all dealing with injuries.

“I’m just going, ‘Lane, you’re the guy. I don’t care if you’re X weight. You got to play,'” Pederson said. “Lane is an athlete; I’m sure he worked out and kept himself in shape.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Inside Lane Johnson’s Lawsuit

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson filed lawsuits against both the NFL and NFL Players Association last Tuesday, but outside of a brief statement from one of his lawyers, Steve Zashin, little about the litigation was known. That changed, however, when Zashin and two of his colleagues joined “The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt” podcast yesterday to discuss Johnson’s legal challenges. Read more »

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