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Lane Johnson | Tackle | #65

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 317
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (4) / PHI
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Eagles RT Lane Johnson has filed suit against the NFL and NFLPA in an effort to vacate the 10-game suspension he served this season.
Johnson obviously cannot go back and retroactively play in the games he missed, but he could recoup the 10 game checks he lost as well as the guarantees which voided because of the suspension. Johnson alleges the positive PED result came from an improper "reasonable cause" test, the arbitrator who presided over the appeal, James Carter, had a conflict of interest, and the league committed "fraud" by providing false information about testing protocols to the arbitrator among many other things. If Johnson is serious about the suit, this could drag on for a long time. Jan 7 - 11:08 AM

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed Lane Johnson will start at right tackle Thursday night against the Giants.

Johnson just returned from suspension Monday, but the coach does not have the luxury of easing him back. "Going into this game, considering the nature of the injuries that we've had and everything," Pederson said, "Lane will go in as the starter." The Eagles have had a revolving door at right tackle since Johnson was suspended, but he should bring some stability. Allen Barbre, who practiced in full Monday as he returns from a hamstring injury, will likely return to left guard.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 09:24:00 AM

Eagles RT Lane Johnson's 10-game suspension is over.

Johnson is expected to return to practice Tuesday and be ready to play against the Giants on Thursday night. The Eagles have had trouble keeping healthy bodies in the right tackle spot while Johnson has been sidelined, but his return should bring some stability. If Allen Barbre (hamstring) is able to play this week, he will likely move back to left guard.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 08:54:00 AM

Eagles RT Lane Johnson has been suspended 10 games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Johnson's appeal was denied by an arbitrator, but that might not be the end of the story. Johnson's counsel said they will "consider all available legal options." It is possible the tackle will sue to put off the suspension even longer, but for now he is expected to start serving his ban immediately. Johnson is eligible to return Week 16. LG Allen Barbre was expected to make the switch to right tackle with Johnson out, but Philadelphia could turn to fifth-round rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai instead.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 10:16:00 AM

Eagles RT Lane Johnson's appeal of a 10-game suspension for violating the PED policy will be heard Tuesday morning.

An announcement is not expected until next week, meaning Johnson should be able to play at least one more game even if the suspension is upheld. Allen Barbre will switch from left guard to right tackle if (once) Johnson is officially suspended.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 10:17:00 AM

NFL suspended Eagles RT Lane Johnson 10 games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but he will appeal the decision.

Johnson's appeal is scheduled for October 4, which means he will be able to play this week against the Steelers. With the Eagles on bye Week 4, it could be his final game until Week 15 if the appeal does not go in his favor, which it almost certainly won't. The plan in camp was to have LG Allen Barbre play right tackle while Johnson was suspended.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 09:35:00 AM

The Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski said it looks like RT Lane Johnson will play this week.

Johnson is reportedly facing a 10-game suspension for violating the PED policy, but the NFL is still awaiting the results from his B sample. The league still has a couple days to make the suspension official before this week, but Johnson could always delay by appealing the decision. He should be in uniform on Monday night.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 11:20:00 AM

Eagles RT Lane Johnson will start Week 1.

Johnson is facing a suspension for violating the performance-enhancing drugs policy, but the ban was not handed down before the close of business Friday, meaning Johnson is eligible to play against the Browns. The league is still awaiting the results of Johnson's B sample. With Johnson playing, Allen Barbre will switch back to left guard.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 10:29:00 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo confirms Eagles RT Lane Johnson is expected to be active for Sunday's opener.

Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension for his second PED bust, but he's free to play as the sides await testing on his "B" sample. Even if it comes back positive, Johnson can immediately appeal and remain active. Johnson has claimed he was the victim of a tainted supplement, but by the letter of the law, it's still not a valid defense.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 02:26:00 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said RT Lane Johnson (suspended) is penciled into the starting lineup for Week 1.

Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy, but the decision has yet to be officially handed down. The Eagles and Johnson are under the impression he can play while the B-sample is being tested. The league should clarify the situation later in the week. If he is able to play, Johnson will slot in at right tackle with Allen Barbre switching back to left guard.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 11:57:00 AM

Eagles suspended RT Lane Johnson said he checked every supplement he takes with the "Aegis Shield" app provided by the NFLPA.

The NFLPA does not approve supplements, and the app Johnson referred to only scans labels. It is likely there was something else in the supplement other than what was listed on the label, leading to the positive test. Still, Johnson is understandably upset with the situation. "I want that to be clear: The NFLPA does not stand up for players. They don’t check the supplements," Johnson said. "And when you call them and ask them if you test positive for something they approve, it doesn’t matter." It looks like Johnson's 10-game suspension will stand.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 12:32:00 PM

Eagles RT Lane Johnson said the appeal of his 10-game suspension could take two-to-three weeks.

That is how long it will take for his "B sample" to be analyzed. Johnson has said his positive test for performance-enhancing drugs was triggered by an approved "amino acid," but he is not confident the "B sample" will come back clean. The Eagles do not appear to be confident either. Johnson worked as the second-team right tackle Saturday as Philadelphia begins to prepare for life without him.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 10:53:00 AM

Eagles RT Lane Johnson claims his 10-game suspension was triggered by an approved "amino acid."

Per FOX's Jay Glazer, the aforementioned amino acid tested positive for "peptide." Glazer says Johnson is fighting the ban "as well as the company" that sold him the supplement. Players never take the blame for their positive tests. Johnson's ban is likely to be upheld.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 02:46:00 PM

NFL suspended Eagles RT Lane Johnson 10 games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Per's Ian Rapoport, Johnson is appealing. WIP Philly's Darren DeGaetano broke the story. It's the 2013 first-rounder's second steroids suspension after he was banned for the first four games in 2014. It's a massive blow for the rebuilding Eagles. A mountainous 6-foot-6, 317 pounds, Johnson paves monster lanes in the running game. His loss will destabilize the Eagles' running game and leave a skittish Sam Bradford susceptible to even more pressure. Dennis Kelly is the Eagles' No. 3 tackle. The Eagles now have to question if Johnson believes he can be effective without illegal aid. Per ESPN's Field Yates, the suspension voids the remaining guaranteed money in the six-year, $66.112 million extension Johnson signed in January.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 02:02:00 PM

WIP Philly's Darren DeGaetano reports Eagles RT Lane Johnson will be suspended 10 games for violating the league's PED policy.

We're hesitant to make it official because DeGaetano isn't a typical Rotoworld source, but it doesn't appear to be a flimsy report. It would be Johnson's second PED ban after he was suspended for the first four games in 2014. Official word or an official debunking should be coming down the pipe shortly.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 01:33:00 PM