1:48pm: After denying the report, Johnson now admits that he has a ten-game suspension looming. The tackle told Jay Glazer of FOX Sports (Twitter link) that he took an amino acid that was approved but tested positive for peptide. He is fighting the suspension and also indicated that he will take action against the company.
While players are responsible for what goes in their bodies regardless of intent, Johnson insists the supplement was approved and will fight the suspension. He’s also waiting on the B sample to see if the results are the same.
1:17pm: Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is facing a ten-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, a source informed of the situation tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Rapoport hears that Johnson is currently appealing the suspension.
For what it’s worth, Johnson denies that a PED suspension is looming (Twitter link via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer). Via text, Johnson told McLane “all was good” in reference to the rumored ban. Johnson was suspended for PEDs during the 2014 season.
If the Eagles are without Johnson for more than half the season, it would be a crushing blow to their O-Line and offense as a whole. Johnson, the fourth overall pick in 2013, has been a starter for the Eagles since the team drafted him out of Oklahoma, playing primarily at right tackle before spending some time at left tackle in 2015. In his three years with the Eagles, he has only missed four games due to his aforementioned PED suspension. This past season, Pro Football Focus ranked Johnson 24th among offensive tackles, out of 81 qualified players at the position.
In January, the Eagles locked Johnson up through 2021 on a deal that will pay him $56MM+ in his five additional contract seasons. Peters’ $9.575MM average places him tenth among left tackles in the NFL, behind Trent Williams (Redskins), Terron Armstead (Saints), Tyron Smith (Cowboys), Eric Fisher (Chiefs), Cordy Glenn (Bills), Joe Thomas (Browns), Anthony Castonzo (Colts), Russell Okung (Broncos), and Nate Solder (Patriots). According to the terms of Johnson’s deal, a ten-game suspension would void the guaranteed cash in his extension, a source tells Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter).
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