Eagles’ Lane Johnson carted off field with head injury
Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson exited Sunday’s matchup with the New England Patriots early. According to John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia, he is being tested for a concussion. He was carted off the field with a towel over his head but walked into the locker room on his own.
Johnson is officially out of the Super Bowl rematch. Backup swing tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai filled in for him.
A two-time Pro Bowler and 2017 first-team All-Pro, Johnson is a massive piece to the Eagles’ success as an offensive line. Pro Football Focus grades him as one of the elite offensive tackles in the league, giving him a high 83.2 overall grade. He has allowed one sack on the season.
Not only is Johnson one of the best right tackles in the game, but he is also a leader and anchor for the Eagles’ offensive line. Since the team drafted him at No. 4 overall in 2013, he has started every game he has played in. A true staple to the Eagles offensive success, Johnson will be sorely missed throughout the rest of the contest, especially against an elite Patriots defense.
Johnson is also a leader off the field. He has never been shy to make sure his teammates are doing the right thing. When the Eagles got out to a slow start in 2019, he publicly made sure his teammates knew that showing up late to practices and meetings aren’t going to cut it.
Nonetheless, the birds will have to play the rest of the matchup without him.