If the Philadelphia Eagles intend on sneaking into the playoffs, they’ll have to do it without Lane Johnson.
Johnson, the All-Pro right tackle, will miss the rest of this season. Struggling quarterback Carson Wentz will have to hope the Philadelphia Eagles can survive the loss of Johnson — and keep the injury-plagued signal-caller on his feet.
Here is everything that football fans need to know about Johnson’s injury.
Lane Johnson is the Philadelphia Eagles’ veteran line leader
The fourth overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft, Lane Johnson has had an impressive career.
It’s no secret that Johnson’s draft class is one of the most underwhelming in league history, especially when discussing first-round sections. The less said about that draft, especially for Jets fans, the better.
Johnson has had one of the better careers among players drafted that year. He’s made three Pro Bowls and earned first-team All-Pro honors after the 2017 season.
Despite serving two drug-related suspensions, Johnson is on his way to leaving an excellent legacy in Philadelphia. Johnson paved the way for an Eagles offense that held off Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl 52.
Johnson is out for the rest of the 2020 season
The 2020 season has been a rough one for Lane Johnson and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 over the summer and missed time in training camp. He later said his symptoms were mild.
Johnson had a minor ankle procedure in August. That same ankle has bothered Johnson throughout the year, and he announced Friday that his 2020 season is over.
According to Yahoo Sports, Johnson told reporters he continued aggravating the injury throughout the season.
“It’s like the inside of my ankle has collapsed so a lot of my power and push-off that I normally have isn’t there, so that’s really where I’m at. Early in the year I had some difficulties like a stress fracture was forming from the tightrope surgery (in August), so that was kind of ongoing, so just more of the same.”
Johnson said he expects Matt Pryor to replace him at right tackle. Pryor, a sixth-round pick in 2018, has started six games this year.
Philadelphia had nine different starting offensive line combinations in its first 10 games. Johnson missed three of those games with knee and ankle issues.
Johnson will need roughly four to five months to recover. If Philadelphia misses the postseason, they will almost certainly be without their veteran right tackle.
Lane Johnson has a tough comeback road ahead of him
No one can assume Lane Johnson of not knowing the stakes.
According to Spotrac, Johnson is making over $12 million this year. Johnson signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension last year and received over $54 million in guaranteed money.
Johnson told reporters on the Zoom conference that he needs to “earn” his salary next year. He turns 31 next spring, however, and has battled injuries in recent years.
Lane Johnson has always been motivated to prove people wrong, especially after his drug suspensions. This latest rock in the road presents a challenge for Johnson, but it is one he is capable of overcoming.
All contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.