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May 18, 2009, 2:28 PM EDT

Tough story from ESPN today which revealed Jim Johnson is taking a leave of absence from his duties as the Eagles defensive coordinator.  Johnson, who has been confined to a wheelchair due to cancer at the base of his spine, is beginning a second round of chemotherapy.  There is no timetable for his return, and Sean McDermott will act as the interim coach.

Said Reid: "I'd like to tell you he's great, but he's not. He's struggling right now."

Obviously it would be a huge blow to the Eagles if Johnson were unable to return, but this story is much bigger than that.  We extend our best wishes to Jim and his family and hope that he continues to fight and recover and eventually retake his position on the sideline.