Jalen Hurts wasn’t the only Philadelphia Eagles player toughing out an injury in the Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, as All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson battled a groin injury once again. Johnson, who put off going under the knife so as to play in the postseason, will now have surgery to repair a torn adductor later this week, sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
At last, Johnson will be able to have the surgery he needed to give his body time to recover for the 2023 season. The 10-year NFL veteran missed the Eagles’ last two games of the season due to the injury, news that was reported shortly after the team’s second loss of the campaign to the Dallas Cowboys.
Johnson opted to put surgery off, electing to attempt to help the Eagles secure a Super Bowl title. The veteran toughed out the injury, appearing in all three postseason games while failing to miss a snap in the loss to the Chiefs.
It was yet another banner year for the hulking Eagles lineman, who earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors while starting in 15 games.
Johnson earned a stellar 83.2 overall grade from Pro Football Focus.
The Eagles made him the highest-paid right tackle back in 2019, signing him to a four-year, $72 million contract.
The fact that Johnson will be around for the foreseeable future is important, given the uncertain future of fellow offensive line stalwart Jason Kelce.
Even if Kelce ends up choosing to retire, having Johnson continuing to help anchor the line will only serve to help the Eagles.