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Eagles’ Lane Johnson will delay surgery, play in postseason

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Lane Johnson will postpone surgery for a torn adductor muscle and will try to play in the postseason.

The report was confirmed by NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark.

Johnson, the Eagles’ four-time Pro Bowl right tackle, was injured with five minutes remaining in the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Saturday night and did not return to the game.

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Johnson, who was named to the Pro Bowl team for the fourth time last week, is the best right tackle in football when healthy and has played better than ever this year. He has not allowed a sack since his November 2020 game against the Browns in Cleveland and has not allowed a quarterback hit since a Raiders game last October, according to Pro Football Focus. Hmm.

Will Johnson be able to perform at a high level playing with an injury expected to require surgery? However, at this point in his career, he earned the right to try in his 10th season with the Eagles.

The Eagles will close out their first-round byes with a win over the Saints on Sunday at the rink or a win over the Giants at the rink for a week starting Sunday. If they score a bye, they will play the weekend of January 21-22. Otherwise, it will open for the postseason weekend of January 14-16.

If the Eagles leave the wild card weekend, Johnson will have a month to rehabilitate and recover, as opposed to three weeks if the Eagles failed to secure the top seed.

Jack Driscoll will likely replace Johnson at right tackle, but Jeff Stoutland swings left tackle Jordan Mailata to right tackle and plays former first-round pick Andre Dillard at left tackle. have the option to

Driscoll, a 2020 fourth-round pick, has appeared in 14 games as a rookie, including four at right tackle and five at right tackle last year. He started eight games last year at right guard and one at left tackle this year in Arizona.

The 13-2 Eagles rank first in the NFL with 29.7 points of offense per game. According to the PFF, Johnson’s record is 81.9, which ranks him first as a pass blocking unit and 10th in run blocking.