Eagles' Lane Johnson Says He'll Return from Adductor Injury for Divisional Round

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 13, 2023

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a touchdown during the third quarter with Lane Johnson #65 in the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 18, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles got some good news on Friday.

Star right tackle Lane Johnson appeared on the Pat McAfee Show and said he'll be suiting up and playing for the team's divisional-round game next weekend:

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

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The 32-year-old also clarified that despite earlier reports that he was dealing with an abdominal injury, it was in fact an adductor tear in his groin and something he would have addressed with an injury after the season.

"I'd rather have this than the ankle s--t I had a couple years ago," he additionally told reporters Friday. "... As far as the game, you go out there and play football; it is what it is. Not much I can do about it."

Zach Berman @ZBerm

Lane Johnson said there will be an intense practice on Thursday to mimic reps at game speed to get him ready for next weekend.<br><br>"Today, going out there, not feeling a whole lot of pain, was good," Johnson said. "Encouraging to me. Gives me a lot of confidence for next week."

Martin Frank @Mfranknfl

Lane Johnson said he made it through practice without pain. Said his plan is go through a full practice next Thurs, then play in game. Said he wasn't sure if he could've played this weekend if <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eagles?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Eagles</a> didn't have a bye. He'll need surgery when his season is over.

A four-time Pro Bowler, two-time first-team All-Pro selection and one-time Super Bowl champion, Johnson is an important part of the Eagles offense. Per Pro Football Focus (h/t Reuben Frank of NBC Sports), Johnson last gave up a sack in Week 11 of the 2020 season and last allowed a quarterback hit in Week 4 of the 2021 campaign.

The Eagles offensive line in general has been a huge impetus for the team finishing the season third in points per game (28.1), fifth in rushing yards per contest (147.6) and ninth in passing yards per game (241.5).

Philadelphia (14-3) earned the top overall seed in the NFC and appears to be one of the true contenders to win a Super Bowl title this year, which would duplicate the feat from the 2017 season. Johnson was also an instrumental part of that squad.

"There's few times in your career when you know you're on a team that has a chance to win it all. I've seen that throughout the season," Johnson told reporters. "The only reason I want to come back is because I feel like we have a chance to be something special."