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Eagles Right Tackle Lane Johnson Is A Warrior

Written by Tony Ghaul

The Philadelphia Eagles ran for 268 yards in Saturday night’s 38-7 win over the New York Giants. One of the main reasons for their was the return of right tackle Lane Johnson to the lineup.

Johnson missed the final two games of the regular season with a core muscle injury that needs surgery, but he is putting off the operation because he thinks “we have a chance to be something special” this season.

“He’s a warrior,” Eagles QB Jalen Hurts said. “He’s a true warrior and a very important piece of this team. He’s been doing great things for a very long time, and I’m very grateful to have him. We’re grateful to have him and I’m happy that he’s kind of coming out of this thing clean.”

Johnson made a selfless decision to push off that surgery in an attempt to deliver a second Super Bowl to Philadelphia. That sacrifice means everything to his teammates.

“It means the world, man,” fellow offensive lineman Jordan Mailata said. “It means the world. Sacrificing his body for the boys. Just being selfless and getting out there as fast as he can. And then this week, when he was like, ‘I’m ready to go,’ I was like, ‘Crazy.’ He looked great in practice and he looked great tonight. He’s a machine.”

Johnson on Saturday night played 67 offensive snaps before the Eagles pulled Hurts and a few offensive linemen late in the game. Early on Saturday night, Johnson could be seen looking uncomfortable and even grabbing at his injured groin. But he stayed in the game. And he played extremely well.

Since the start of the 2016 season (including playoffs), the Eagles are 60-29-1 with Johnson in the lineup and 10-22 without him.

It was encouraging that Johnson held up throughout the game on Saturday. Next week, the Eagles will need Johnson again. This time, he’ll either be facing DeMarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons or Nick Bosa.

Johnson is as tough as they come. He will ready. Johnson is a “True Warrior.”

Lane Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo courtsey of SPORTSRADIO 94 WIP – Twitter

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