Lane Johnson to rejoin Eagles after battling with depression and anxiety

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 29: Lane Johnson #65 of the Philadelphia Eagles smiles during training camp at the NovaCare Complex on July 29, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Lane Johnson will be returning to the Philadephia Eagles after missing the past three weeks for ‘personal reason.’ The Philadelphia right tackle played each of the Eagles’ first three games before his absence. On Twitter this morning, Lane Johnson confirmed that he had been dealing with depression and anxiety during his absence. 

“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. Depression and anxiety are things i’ve dealt with for a long time and have kept hidden from my firends 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 am grateful for the entire Eagles community and look forward to continuing to play in front of the best fans in the world!” 

Lane Johnson

A Super Bowl Champion, and franchise right tackle for the Eagles, Johnson received a wash of support from teammates, coaches, and fans over the past two weeks. Though he needed time away, Johnson seems to be ready to reintegrate back into the NFL season. However, the struggles with depression and anxiety that Lane Johnson addressed are topics many athletes have discussed in recent months. 

More focus on player mental health 

Throughout the pandemic, mental health has come into focus as people deal with the social effects of isolation. The world of sports has been no different. Athletes from a variety of sports have spoken up on their struggles with mental health. Though professional athletes do garner fame and celebrity, they also are the focus of significant scrutiny. 

Jack Wilshere discussed the mental burden that can befall professional soccer players earlier this summer. Additionally, Damian Lillard spoke out in support of Simone Biles and her struggles with mental health during the Summer Olympics. While the pandemic has been challenging for everyone, it’s important to remember that everyone has struggled in their way. Hopefully, with more people feeling comfortable speaking about mental health, there will be more empathy and support surrounding these issues. 

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