NFL: No Johnson Suspension Yet

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Lane Johnson could be facing a suspension, but it hasn’t been handed down yet.

Paul Domowitch reported that the right tackle tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will miss the first four games.


When asked to confirm the report, an NFL spokesperson replied: "We have no information on him."

Does that mean no suspension has been handed down from the league?

"Correct."

Johnson is not necessarily out of the woods. Players typically learn of a positive test before the league office. It's possible, then, that his camp is aware of the failed drug test and it simply hasn't hit the league offices yet.

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  • BMFG

    Good start to the season. What is chip putting in those smoothies???

    • Johnny Domino

      I’d blame a backup tackle.

      • OldDocRoss

        Upvoting the Showgirls Theory of Underling Sabotage.

        DAMN YOU BARBRE!

        • cliff henny

          I sat thru every horrible minute of that movie, twice, just to see Jessie Spangler get freaky

          • murph

            Spano*

          • OldDocRoss

            Damn kids with their DVDs and their internets and their YouTubes will never know the pain of sitting through terrible, terrible movies just to see some breastage.

            She wasn’t even as hot as Kelly, but still we suffered.

          • MoreRecentTimes

            “never know the pain of sitting through terrible, terrible movies just to see some breastage.”……..We’re stronger men for it. Prepared us well for marriage.

          • Johnny Domino

            She make quite a wake in that pool scene. I mean, that’s what I’ve heard.

    • Amar
      • jpate

        Wow what a moron

      • Corey Dawson

        I hate his writing so hard. Miss Graziano writing on the birds so much.

      • MoreRecentTimes

        Don’t jump on his case. It’s a completely reasonable assumption. If not that the high paced, frenetic team is all juiced up, at least that there will be a handful of people willing to accuse them of it. People said it about Seattle all the time. Damn New Age Coaches. If you can’t beat em, slander the hell out of em til no one respects their achievements.

        • Amar

          Phil Sheridan ‏@SheridanScribe 23h
          Seriously? No. Thought smoothy reference was pretty obviously a joke.

          In Reply to:
          @SheridanScribe Are you seriously suggesting the coach is spiking the players’ smoothies ??

  • JosephR2225

    STOP TOYING WITH MY EMOTIONS!!

  • Scott J

    Hopefully it will be less than 4 games.

    • Goku

      I’d like it to be none.

  • myeaglescantwin

    thats two white dudes suspended for PED’s.

    cmon guys, making us look bad.

    • Adam

      What?

      • myeaglescantwin

        Knott and Johnson both on the hook for PED’s.

        • Adam

          I’m asking about the making white dudes look bad part.

          • Clamdigger

            I think the joke was that white guys already have a rap as not being athletic. This would be 2 white athletes “requiring help.” I thought it was worth a chuckle.

            Nothing to get too upset over, unless you’re super PC.

    • cliff henny

      if Cooper didn’t slow our roll, couple juicing OL/LBs is water off a ducks back.

      • Eagles1018

        White men can’t jump, dance, or play football without PEDs. Ironically enough one of the best rappers ever is white so you got us black guys there. But really I bleed green in here. I’m very upset with Johnson.

        • IAteLunchToday

          Vanilla Ice?

          • Gunnar Martin

            Eminem.

          • myeaglescantwin

            borderline

          • MoreRecentTimes

            Madonna was a great wide receiver.

          • myeaglescantwin

            YES !

          • Corey Dawson

            Got it before me.

        • myeaglescantwin

          i had a 36” vert when i played in college. The brothers called me “white goat”. I can’t dance for shhyyte though.

          This news of Lane does suck. The OL was the one area that no one had questions about. Babre better rock this.

  • TripSquadMonopoly

    Wouldn’t all the o lineman be taking similar supplements sine they are all so close? Why would Lane do his own thing??

    • JofreyRice

      haha, we’re on the Seattle model. All these “high character” guys are taking high quality drugs.

      • Clamdigger

        So now I’m not too thrilled with Lane. I totally accepted that last season wouldn’t be great for him, but I had high expectations for this year.

        Losing your former 4th overall pick for the first quarter of the regular season, NOT due to injury is unacceptable. Cheat, don’t cheat. I don’t care… Just don’t get caught. This guy is an idiot.

  • Eric Stratton

    It hasn’t hit the league offices yet, but “league sources” tell Domo about a possible suspension. Not sure if this computes.

    • ochospantalones

      I wouldn’t read the league’s statement as indicating that they don’t know anything about it. The league never says anything about this stuff until it’s official. There is probably some sort of appeals process ongoing, and the league will not say anything either way until a suspension is actually issued.

      Or Domo could just be wrong, wouldn’t be the first time.

      • Eric Stratton

        Fair point. But it’s entertaining that the response is “We have no information on him.” I’m guessing they know he’s on the Eagles roster, and may have even seen him play.

        • ochospantalones

          Yeah, that is a pretty hilarious response. “Lane Johnson? Never heard of him.” But it also goes to my point, that I would not expect them to say anything at all about the topic until they have a suspension to formally announce.

          • cliff henny

            probably why Barbre got extension out of nowhere.

          • ochospantalones

            Yes, the Eagles knowing Johnson had a positive drug test would explain the otherwise puzzling decision to give a three year contract extension to a 30 year old journeyman.

          • Dominik

            A puzzling decision? Barbre was a great and versatile back-up with no milage – why wouldn’t you reward him and make sure to have a good 53 roster guy signed for cheap? Good back-up lineman are tough to find, just look at our roster.

          • ochospantalones

            Giving a three year extension to a 30 year old backup who is already under contract for the coming season (i.e. giving him a four year deal) is certainly unusual. I am sure it has happened before in the NFL, but I can’t think of any examples.

            And isn’t “great” a bit strong? He played fine in limited duty. He’s been in the league awhile, and has never been able to hold onto a starting job. He’s an adequate backup, but people have really gotten carried away. It’s highly unlikely he’s the next Evan Mathis.

          • Dominik

            Not a great Linemen, but a great back-up. He stepped up when his name was called, without any real snaps before and got the job done. I’m not saying he’s the future at RG or something, just that we have a back-up we can trust.

            And of course it’s highly unlikely he’s the next Mathis. But don’t forget: he’s super athletic.

            http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/The-10-best-NFL-Combine-performances-by-current-Eagles-players.html

            He’s undersized, but maybe this blocking scheme was the one he was made for. You never know.

          • ochospantalones

            I don’t think we really disagree that much about Barbre’s quality. He’s fine for a backup. I think giving a three year contract extension to a decent backup in his 30′s who you already had under contract is odd. Teams generally don’t set themselves up to eat dead money on contracts for backup offensive linemen. It’s not a crippling contract or anything, but it’s certainly an unusual one.

          • Dominik

            I’m no cap guru, but do you really think they can’t cut Barbre without a penalty in two or three years or so? Don’t believe Howie would do that. Not with the leverage we had.

            With the extension, we don’t risk losing our reliable back-up after next year. I liked the extension.

            Plus, it sends, again, a message to reward your own players. He worked and played well, he got paid.

          • ochospantalones

            His dead money is $450,000 in 2015, $300,000 in 2016, and $150,000 in 2017. Obviously those are not huge, cap destroying numbers. But setting your self up to take any sort of hit at all on a backup o-lineman qualifies as “puzzling”. None of this is a big deal, but I, for one, was definitely surprised when they announced it.

          • Dominik

            I was surprised, too. But I liked it.

            Looking at the numbers, I think 1,4m cap hit is a solid investment for a good O-Line back-up who plays 4 positions on your O-Line. On the other hand, you’re right: if they want him gone in 2016, 300k dead is not the end of the world, but not good, either.

          • NickS1

            #leverage

  • cliff henny

    wait, you mean guys aren’t naturally 6’5 320 run 4.8 40s and shredded? gotta scramble some eggs to make an omelet

    • Clamdigger

      Hey, if God didn’t want Superhuman Athletes, he wouldn’t have created testosterone, HGH, anabolic steroids, Adderall and sometimes cocaine.

      • cliff henny

        HA! too funny, but the truth, just ask LT

        • Chris

  • OldDocRoss

    I think the mature thing for us to do is try and pin this on Johnson, Damaris.

    Same name, same age, they even look similar in a certain (absence of) light. It would be an easy mistake for the testers to make.

    He’s a vital cog in the offense, but if losing Damaris for four games is the price of fair play, so be it.

  • Token

    Good lord.

    Well I said before the OL depth is abysmal. Stuff like this can cost you games when you have no depth.

  • EuropeanEagle

    The problem is they already got Damaris Johnson for using performance decreasing drugs…

    • Amar

      Does that mean is has to mandatory play 4 extra games ??

    • Dominik

      Best reaction to this thing by now.

  • Eagles1018

    Wtf Lane…..

  • DuckFan

    As a longtime Duck fan, to me this reeks of Chip Kelly. He found a loophole and is exploiting it. Like it was some substance that hasn’t quite been banned by the league. With Kelly, you get the good and the bad. Just like with Willie Lyles, he’s always looking for ways to get a leg up on the competition.

    • kleptolia

      If it were a legit loophole, Kelly would have the whole team on it. I think this was a young guy trying to push his boundaries and over-reaching.
      If it is a Chip thing, be prepared for a few more guys to test positive, though.

      • Maggie

        It was OFF-SEASON League testing.

    • OldDocRoss

      Pretty sure “take PEDs” is not a loophole, and that players on other teams are already onto it.

      • Andy124

        Somebody mixed up the “Smoothies for guys who may be tested soon” and the “Smoothies for everybody else” labels. I blame the intern.

  • Andy124

    Still no confirmation? What’s the statute of limitations on this? I say 2 hours after the initial report it must be either confirmed or never be enforced.

  • UKEagle99

    “and it simply hasn’t hit the league offices yet.”

    Sounds like the guy delivering the results to the NFL offices needs a special smoothie.

    • Johnny Domino

      Hopefully he took the “Ryan Braun detour”.

  • Jernst

    I’ve never heard of a players people rushing to get the info out before the league office even knows about it

    • Johnny Domino

      First and wrong is still first!

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