Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson will again be suspended for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs, according to several reports. Darren DeGaetano first reported the failed drug test:
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport confirmed DeGaetano’s report and added that Johnson has appealed his suspension. Johnson, the Eagles first-round pick (number four, overall) in 2013, first failed a PED test in 2014 and was suspended for the first four games of that season. In responding to that incident in 2014 he said “I mistakenly and foolishly put a prescribed medication in my body to help with a medical issue,” and that he “mistakenly failed to clear it with Eagles trainers and check the NFL list of banned substances.” Johnson apologized to his team and team-owner Jeffrey Lurie, saying “I am extremely sorry for this mistake and I will learn from it and be smarter in the future.”
This second time around, Johnson has initially denied to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Les Bowen that he has been suspended, saying “nothing is going on” before FOX’s Jay Glazer, with whom Johnson has trained in MMA-style workouts, reported that Johnson failed the test because of an amino acid supplement that he claims was approved. If the suspension holds up under appeal, Johnson will have been suspended for 14 games and played 44 in his young NFL career. The Eagles are already short-handed on the offensive line as left tackle Jason Peters continues to struggle with injuries (currently a quadriceps injury). Eagles fans may see a lot more of Dennis Kelly in the starting lineup than they would like in 2016.