The Philadelphia Eagles will lose their starting tackle Lane Johnson for at least 10 games after he is set to be banned by the NFL for Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PED) use.
Jay Glazer, NFL Insider for Fox Sports, posted on Twitter that Johnson admitted to him that he took an “amino acid that was approved but tested positive for peptide.” The report added that Lane and the Eagles will make an appeal and the “B sample” of the test will be reviewed.
“Fighting it as well as company. You’re responsible for what goes in your body but he insists it was approved,” Glazer stated on social media referring to Johnson’s stand on the alleged PED use.
The appeal is expected from Johnson’s camp but the NFL is expected to uphold the decision to suspend him this season.
The 26-year-old tackle from Groveton, Texas attended Oklahoma in college and has been with the Eagles since 2013 when he was drafted the fourth overall pick in the rookie draft.
Johnson has missed just four games in the regular season the last three years. This is bad luck for the Eagles who signed Johnson to a six-year contract extension in January 2016. Johnson signed a five-year $56.26 million deal with $35.5 million guaranteed.
This is the second ban for Johnson by the NFL after he was suspended for four games at the start of the 2014 season for violating the NFL policy on PEDs.
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