Friday, July 11, 2014
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Johnson to take leave

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is taking a leave of absence as he undergoes another round of chemotherapy to combat a metastasized tumor in his spine, according to a report on espn.com.

Johnson to take leave

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is taking a leave of absence as he undergoes another round of chemotherapy to combat a metastasized tumor in his spine, according to a report on espn.com.

A message left with the team was not returned as of this posting.

The 68-year-old Johnson, who was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in January, will miss this week's rookie minicamp and presumably the upcoming Organized Team Activities -- or OTAs. Johnson was present at the post-draft minicamp a few weeks ago, but was restricted to a motorized cart during practices.

Linebackers coach Sean McDermott will run the defense in Johnson's absence, according to the report.

Read tomorrow's Inquirer for more on this story.

UPDATE: Here's the statement from the Eagles:

The Philadelphia Eagles today announced defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has been granted a leave of absence for an indefinite period of time due to his continued treatments for cancer. Secondary coach Sean McDermott will coach the defense in the interim.

"Jim and I agreed that he needs to concentrate all of his efforts on his recovery," said head coach Andy Reid. "His health is number one. He's struggling, but he's a tough guy and a true battler. I hope everyone will keep him in their thoughts and prayers during this period of time. We hope to have him back with the team as soon as possible."

 

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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