Twitter Mailbag: The Latest On Lane

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Happy Fourth of July to our football family.

We are approaching the two-year mark here at Birds 24/7 (Our first post was on July 23, 2012). The site has been blessed with a smart and loyal and passionate readership since Day 1. We are very proud of the community that has been created and are looking forward to sharing in this upcoming season with you. For now, enjoy the holiday. We have a couple posts scheduled for the weekend in case you need to scratch that itch. Knowing you, you will. That’s why we get along so well.

Now onto the mailbag:

The NFL announced the suspensions of Dion Jordan and Chiefs offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins Friday afternoon for failing drug tests, and some are wondering why the league remains quiet on Lane Johnson.The league office told us on Monday — the day the report came out — that it had not yet received any information on Johnson. I followed up on Wednesday and there was nothing new to report. That may seem strange, but players often find out about a failed drug test days before the NFL does.

Per the rulebook, an independent administrator contacts the player about a positive result. The player has five days to notify the administrator if he wishes to have the “B” sample test observed by a qualified toxicologist. It can be another week before the “B” sample test is initiated. If there is a confirmed positive, the administrator will contact the league office and the players association about its findings. Once the league gets word, it makes an announcement.

It is possible that Johnson is still going through this process, hence why the NFL has no information in front of them.

From the time the league announces disciplinary action, the player has five days to appeal. 

Like most, I think Allen Barbre will play right tackle if Johnson is suspended. LeSean McCoy suggested as much when asked about the situation.

“That would suck to lose him for that many games, but the good thing [is] we have Allen Barbre,” McCoy said. “Barbre is a sure veteran backup who we gave some money to because we know he can play. And if he has to come in here and step in and play, we’re confident with him.”

It’s nice to have a player like Herremans that you can kick outside in a pinch, but he’s been moved back and forth a bunch over the last several years. I think at this point in his career, you leave him inside.

I’m sure they will be keeping an eye out for additional O-line help, especially when teams begin trimming their rosters.

Have a feeling I’ll be getting a lot of these tweets in the coming days.

A little crazy, first off, that the No. 3 and No.4 pick of the 2013 draft could be suspended within a week of each other, right? Even crazier if both ended up on the Eagles’ roster.

Jordan definitely has some fans inside the NovaCare walls — including Chip Kelly — and we heard the buzz earlier this offseason about the Eagles and Dolphins exploring the possibility of a trade. Not going to rule out a Kelly-Jordan reunion at some point, but I’ll bet against a trade going down. They’re not all that easy to pull off in this league.

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  • NCBiRDMann22

    Have a Happy an Safe 4th y’all from NC!

    • cliff henny

      and South Carolina. legal fireworks too. well, sort of, crappy ones at least. but no law against combining (there is actually) but so what, we all know it’s not officially a party till the cops come, twice…LOOK OUT!

      • NCBiRDMann22

        Got our fireworks Wednesdays and everyone sets them off in the neighborhoods here. Cops are never called! Beers and Booms!

        • cliff henny

          we take them down to beach, automatic 5-oh show up…also, my B-in-Law and I have already made couple 1/4+ sticks, fun to half bury and blow up sand mounds (childish, but Fuuuu-UN!). we’ll get back from beach this afternoon, Roman candles can be doctored to pretty easily. yup, 2nd best holiday for me,T-day is tough to beat…fatting out and football…and this year Eagles at 4, good we all have Friday off

          • NCBiRDMann22

            Cheers to Dogs/Burgers and blowing s@#$ Up…Great Day!

          • Johnny Domino

            Here’s to a couple cold ones and keeping all your digits.

  • Andy124

    So if it was only LJ that got notified, I wonder how it got leaked. I would think his camp would not want to advertise it any earlier than necessary. Especially if he’s appealing.

    • Kevin

      Total agree with you Andy. The “report” was from a league source, so it seems by Tim’s description (btw great work as always TMac explaining what is going on) that something is “off” with the report. It was either leaked by the league prematurely or by the testing agency (doubt whether Lane’s camp would leak something like that). I imagine that both of those are be no-nos it what should be a confidential process until it is officially submitted to the league.

  • Andy124

    Happy 4th all!

  • UKEagle99

    Happy Fourth of July, America! We don’t celebrate it over here, can’t think why :p

    Have fun, be safe.

    • Rambler

      Those Brits can really hold a grudge a long time. Sheesh.

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  • Tom w

    Anybody watch the Kelly Meyer video at the bottom of the screen. Good stuff

    • Dominik

      Saw it on Youtube a few month ago, but watched it again when I saw it here. Good stuff, like you said. When you hear Chip discuss X and O’s, you trust him even more.

  • Max Lightfoot

    Happy Fourth Tim, Sheil and everyone else. Tim, you and Sheil are the absolute best!

  • Rambler

    Thanks for the kind words, Tim. I have never been accused of being smart or loyal (or were you describing a dog?), but I identify with the passionate part. You guys do such an amazing job with this website, especially keeping us excited during the offseason. Could not imagine a better resource for Eagles info… so I just want to say I really appreciate you and Sheil being so smart, loyal, and passionate. Happy Independence Day to everyone.

    • tommy_the_k

      Tim and Sheil do excellent work. Tommy Lawlor is also my other best imaginary friend who feeds me Eagle food, over and over.

  • Chris

    You know us too well, McManus. Happy fourth to birds 24/7, best fix around for all us Eagles junkies!

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  • Adam

    Happy birthday America!

  • knighn

    Like they sing in “Team America: World Police”…
    America, F Yeah!

  • Reasonableeaglefan

    I wonder is someone told Domo something off the record, and he decided to run with it.

    • John E. Zang

      Yeah I mean knock on wood but Lane doesn’t rub me as a complete moron to risk all that money. They will probably get the report right eventually to learn that it’s actually “Damaris” Johnson who had these results.

      • Reasonableeaglefan

        Probably right. I was alway afraid Demaris was a little too good. Like unnaturally good. The signs were all there, I should have known.

  • Maggie

    Quite a week.

  • anon

    We’re lucky to have a site of this quality and class cover a team we love. Hopefully you feel as appreciated as you are. Happy 4th.

  • Pennguino

    Happy 4th to the site and the best fans in America.

    • Amar

      And all over the world who love America’s game.


    I’m concerned about the radio silence from both the NFL and the Eagles about this over the last few days.

    Also there’s the fallout to consider: