UPDATE: John clark updated their report say Lane Johnson will return to Philly at some point today. Nick Sirianni said Johnson was not yet at the facility. Sirianni wouldn’t say if Johnson will definitely be available to play against the Panthers.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
Eagles starting right tackle Lane Johnson is back at the NovaCare complex after unexpectedly missing Sunday’s Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs because of a “personal matter”. This is what is reported by John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
The exact nature of Johnson’s “personal affair” is still unclear at this time. Either way, the Eagles are undoubtedly happy to see him back in Philadelphia.
Johnson’s absence in the Chiefs game didn’t hurt the Eagles as much as one might have thought. The offense moved the ball at will, racking up 461 attacking yards and 30 points. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and the Safeguards deserve credit, but part of that success can also be attributed to KC’s terrible defense.
Going forward, the Eagles are obviously better off with Johnson in roster. His return comes at a crucial time as Philly is set to face formidable Panthers passer Brian Burns and Haason Reddick.
Johnson’s return likely means the Eagles will use the following offensive line setup in Week 5:
Left tackle – Jordan Mailata or Andre Dillard
Left Guard – Landon Dickerson
Center – Jason Kelce
Right Guard – Jack Driscoll
Right tackle – Lane Johnson
Mailata will start if he is healthy enough to play. Otherwise, it will be Dillard. Johnson’s return takes Driscoll to right guard with Nate Herbig returning to the bench as the best interior substitute.