Report: Lane Johnson Suspended Four Games

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Eagles starting right tackle Lane Johnson has been suspended four games for testing positive for PEDs, according to Paul Domowitch of the Daily News.

Johnson was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft and started all 16 games as a rookie. He struggled in pass protection early on, but improved and played well down the stretch. The Eagles had the same five offensive linemen start all 16 games in 2013, but if the report holds up, that won’t happen again.

As for his replacement, the most likely candidate is Allen Barbre. The veteran signed an extension earlier this offseason and is capable of playing either guard or tackle. When Jason Peters went down during a game last year, Barbre filled in for him at left tackle.

Other options include Dennis Kelly, who saw time at tackle as a rookie in 2012, and Matt Tobin.

Asked earlier this month what he needs to do to make the second-year leap, Johnson told Birds 24/7: “Just getting comfortable in the offense. Coming from college where you’ve been playing in a certain scheme for four years, you’ve got it down pat. You feel confident. The main thing was just kind of getting used to the offense and getting my confidence up to where you know you can do certain things. So confidence was a big boost.

“I’m trying to be a dominant player. I know I have the ability. It’s just a matter of being consistent with it because there’s times where I showed flashes of being a really good player, and then there’s other times where I didn’t. So I’m just trying to be more consistent this year.”

The Eagles start the season at home against the Jaguars before traveling to Indianapolis. They host the Redskins in Week 3 and then take on the 49ers in San Francisco.

Johnson would be the second Eagles player to face suspension for PED use. Second-year linebacker Jake Knott will also miss the first four games.

The Eagles have yet to confirm Johnson’s suspension.

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  • Dave

    I guess with all that sports science they don’t actually test the players themselves

    • Adam

      What good would that do?

  • Michael
  • Chris

    Well, this is a bummer. LJ looked HUGE in the TC photos, wonder if this was related.

    • NickS1

      No. Not at all.

  • cdot

    Very shocked to hear about this. Barbre will step up though

  • Charliefoxtrot

    Jags Colts Skins and 49’ers. This sucks!

  • Tom Kazansky

    Damn! First chink in the armor for 2014.

  • Kev_H

    That’s the NFL. 28 suspensions in 2013 and the press hassles MLB.

    • OldDocRoss

      In fairness, it was a complete absence of suspensions and a refusal to accept there was an issue in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary that first got people/press hassling MLB.

  • JosephR2225

    Now hold on everybody. Maybe this is just another one of Evan Mathis’ funny tricks… right?

  • Adam

    So much for a quiet summer eh?

    • Age

      I was just saying how glad I am that we’re missing out on the Manziel partying stories.

  • I think someone got a little carried away with their personalized smoothie … WTF

  • NickS1

    I thought he looked a little too big in the picture from the basketball event… Can’t wait to hear the forced apology about how he “took something that contained a banned substance and was unaware of it” but didn’t think to ask the training staff.

    • OldDocRoss

      Just once I’d like it if somebody was honest enough to say “I broke the rules because I thought it would help me get better at my job, but I’ll take my punishment like a man”. I expect this to happen in about never.

      • NickS1

        Yeah. A nice hard-hitting truth like that, or, my preference: “I’m paid to keep 260-300lb men from crushing Nick Foles into oblivion, and to do that, I need to be huge, quick, and strong as F. I tried taking a shortcut thinking I’d beat the system. I was wrong….”. I just like the effect of that statement, for the people that don’t realize how unnaturally large these men are. Now, we need JPP, Orakpo, and whoever Dallas has left, to follow the same path as Lane.

        • OldDocRoss

          Up for a JPP or Orakpo suspension, but Bruce Carter, George Selvie et al could spend the next two months vacationing at the Biogenesis PED Wonderland and they’d still be terrible. Let ’em play I say.

          • NickS1

            While I agree, I’d prefer to not leave anything up to chance.

    • tommy_the_k

      After reviewing all photos on the Internet, I have calculated that Lane’s head circumference has increased by 1.3% compared to last July. This is not quite the Barry Bonds phenomena, but it does have me scratching MY head.

      • eaglespur

        nice!… head size… 1.3%… you are to be honored for devotion!

  • ICDogg

    Oh no.

  • Clamdigger

    I’m less pissed about him “cheating” and more pissed about him being dumb enough to get caught. At this point, I just assume everyone is taking something.

    • NickS1

      Should have got the Wizzinator haha

      • Clamdigger


  • Amar

    At least he ‘bought in’ to the system.

  • Ascher Levy

    So much for sports science. I guess not everyone is buying in.

  • Beavis

    How can a team that is so focused on health/nutrition/sports science/etc. NOT NOTICE a player using PEDs?

    • anon

      two players. Considering how much they track everything these guys put in their bodies i’m surprised they didn’t know — maybe lane didn’t know when to stop taking the “supplements”.

    • MoreRecentTimes

      Good freaking point.

  • Maggie

    I often wonder which PED? Some complicated substance made from the dung of grain beetles in Ecuador? Or too much epinephrine for sinuses? Or even coffee.

  • I say let these pro athlete guys take Whatever PEDs they want, Who Cares? They are adults and can make their own decisions. They will have to live with those decisions when they get older, just like living with the decision to play pro sports and probably getting concussed and otherwise injured. As far as I’m concerned, They can smoke weed, snort coke, take pills and inject steroids, the game won’t change.
    Let men Be men. They don’t need YOU to be their Daddy.

    • CTAZPA

      If I had a chance to be an NFL player, and was trying to be clean, I’d want everyone to play by the same rules that kept us all as safe as possible, in this violent game.

      If the individuals were using in a vacuum, I could see your argument, but they are part of a community. Scammers will always scam, but by working together, the players can have the safest possible outcome.

      Football was still great before 6-6, 317.

  • eaglemania

    felt the guy is a knuckle head since his wrestling a bear” intro to eagles fans after being drafted . Also his post during off season workouts on rookie dinner check. Will be joining the ranks of former Eagles with low IQ very soon. Like the guy down 95 south.

    • Dominik

      So, your theory is, Chip Kelly drafts a dumb player at #4. Really? Haven’t we learned anything about him yet?

      Forrest Gump was wrong, you know. Not only dumb people do dumb things, sometimes smart people do stupid things, too.

  • paul from nc

    It is hard to believe that with all the sport science hoopla, that they do not test the players for PEDs. I thought they measured all sorts of data every day during the OTA’s. How do they miss this?

  • paul from nc

    We’ve been reading how the Eagles have one of the top OL in the league. I never thought so. There was no way the starters would start all the games again this year. I thought it would be injuries, and still do. But may add 4 games missed already, and the season hasn’t started.
    The backups better be ready to step up immediately. But from the little we’ve seen of them, it’s doubtful.

  • Jeff Asay

    This is a huge blow to the good vibes heading into TC. Real punch to the gut. Dammit! Dammit!! DAMMIIT!!!

    • Max Lightfoot

      Lighten up, Francis

  • Ben

    Everybody is overreacting just a tad don’t you think? It’s four games and contrary to popular belief we have serviceable depth that can play his position adequately. I still think we go 3-1, because one player does not make or break this team. Get real.

  • MoreRecentTimes

    If true, it’s more than disappointing. My apologies for sounding like Harry High Horse, but these cases stick to the player for his career. Regardless if he keeps his nose clean the next day 15 years, he’ll always be a cheater in the eyes of most. Understanding it’s a risk vs. reward situation for athletes, the one thing they don’t account for is the pride of the city. This has the potential to taint the whole program,particularly in regards to sports science. Now, when we go out on Sunday and drop 45 on a team, there will be a vocal contingent of haters screaming how the Eagles only dominate because they’re on HGH, etc. Instead of the fact they just plain out worked the other team. Stupid thought to some of you, Im sure. But to me this is a real shame.