Lane Johnson didn’t waste any time hanging around the locker room when it was open to the media this week.
Presumably, the Eagles’ All-Pro right tackle was getting treatment on an MCL strain in his left knee and maybe even continued treatment on a high ankle sprain that plagued him coming out the game against the Minnesota Vikings in Week Five.
He was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report for Sunday night’s Week 10 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He was also listed as questionable against the New York Giants in Week Six, but, after testing his high ankle sprain prior to kickoff, played, anyway.
Johnson was on 94WIP SportsTalk radio on Friday night and said the bye week helped his knee feel better again. At least better enough to give it a test prior to kickoff against the Cowboys.
“I had a good past two weeks, so it’s doing a lot better,” he told the sports talk station. “It’s a lot better than it was two weeks ago. Been rehabbing, staying on top of that, but this is a big game for us and we’re excited.”
Brandon Brooks lines up next to Johnson every day at right guard, and knows him well.
“Playing offensive line you’re expected to play through anything so I’m not shocked or surprised,” said Brooks. “Lane’s tough as shit, tough as nails. Has a high ankle sprain, an MCL now, and was out there practicing giving it a go. It’s a testament to his character. He doesn’t want to let the team down and I think that’s one of the things that’s pushing him.”
Jason Peters has certainly played through numerous injuries, so the bye was as important to him as it was Johnson. The future Hall of Fame left tackle has been battling a litany of maladies since returning from offseason ACL surgery, including a quad injury and a torn biceps.
“It was good to rest up,” said Peters. “Kind of banged up and get your body back right to make this run the next eight games.”
Peters said he has compensated a little bit for his injuries, but knows what’s at stake over these final eight games after a first half that saw the Eagles finish at a mediocre 4-4.
**“**We have five games in the division left, three outside the division,” said Peters. “We have to go make a run. We lost some early in the year; we just gave them away. We can’t think about that now. We have to look forward and go from there.
“We have to set the tone Sunday, 2-0 in the division then we can work from there. We gotta get this win Sunday. I don’t want nothing less.”
To get it, Johnson will have to hold up against Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who has 6.5 sacks, which is tied for 13th in the NFL.
“Just his lateral movement will be kind of shaky to start off, but once he gets lathered up he’ll be ready to roll,” said Peters about Johnson.
With what is at stake – it is a must-win for both teams – Peters believes Johnson will do everything in his power to make sure he is able to play.
“I think he’s going to go,” said Peters. “You can’t really tell the guy is even hurt. I think he’s going. He’s a tough guy. He’s out there. We need him; of course we need the guy. He’s an All-Pro guy. Hopefully he can play and get this W.
“We could easily be 7-1, 8-0 if you take back a couple plays here and there, but we’re sitting here at .500 and we can’t take back nothing we did. We have to look forward. We have the Dallas Cowboys Sunday and we’re going to lay it all on the line.”