Eagles Confirm Lane Johnson Suspension

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Lane Johnson has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season, the Eagles confirmed Wednesday.

Johnson is eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, September 29 following the team’s September 28 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

 “In April while training, I mistakenly and foolishly put a prescribed medication in my body to help with a medical issue. I mistakenly failed to clear it with Eagles trainers and check the NFL list of banned substances. I am extremely sorry for this mistake and I will learn from it and be smarter in the future.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to Mr. Lurie, Howie Roseman, Coach Kelly and his staff, my teammates and our amazing Philadelphia Eagles fans. This will be very hard on me to not be battling with my teammates for four games – but I will be ready and better than ever when I return.”

Paul Domowitch reported the failed drug test over three weeks ago. An appeals process is the likely reason for the delayed announcement.

 “We’re very disappointed to learn of his suspension,” said the Eagles through a statement. “We have spoken to Lane about the details of the suspension. He understood what he did wrong and took full responsibility. The key for him, however, is to learn from that mistake and move forward with his preparation for the 2014 season.”

The Eagles report Friday. Suspended players are eligible to participate in training camp and preseason games, so Johnson should be there regardless. Per NFL rules, the suspension begins upon the posting of the final rosters. Once suspended, “the player will not be paid, nor may he participate in team activities, use the Club’s facilities or have contact with any Club officials except to arrange off-site medical treatment.




"In addition to the suspension imposed on him, any player suspended for a violation of the Policy will be ineligible for selection to the Pro Bowl, or to receive any other honors or awards from the League or the NFL Players Association, for the season in which the violation is upheld (i.e., following any appeals) and in which the suspension is served."

Allen Barbre is expected to get the nod at right tackle while Johnson serves his suspension.

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  • cheapmeat.mariota.crackwh0re

    All of these guys know that the league doesn’t test for HGH. Why would they use anything else if they felt like they needed to ‘cheat’?

    • myeaglescantwin

      HGH only heals and promotes growth as far as bones and tissues. Everything grows. Like your heart, eyes, brain and other organs.

      Steroids increase testosterone levels that directly react to strength.

      • MagatBrackendale

        Maybe ‘roid rage leads to fierce tackling. (Right LT?) I wonder, are the violent outbursts of anger caused directly by the steroids or by the shrunken testicles side effect?

        • MediaMike

          To be technical LT was on coke rages for his inflated stats.

          • MagatBrackendale

            I stand corrected. I was also thinking of his more recent encounters with very young teenage girls.

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        Tell Stallone that.

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        Everything?

        rushes to store to buy HGH

        • myeaglescantwin

          seriously. Nose, joints,bones, organs, everything.
          that’s why it’s dangerous, each person reacts differently.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            Ummm….so…everything?

          • myeaglescantwin

            especially toe hair.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

            he already listed “organs”

        • Charliefoxtrot

          …..does lines of it in GNC bathroom

      • Ron Swanson

        Building muscle is a result of your body repairing the micro tears in your muscles when you work out. Healing and promoting growth can be a great factor in building lots of strength very quickly.

      • Breakerdog

        One of the only things that doesn’t grow is teeth. A tell tale sign of HGH abuse is the jaw bones growing and creating gaps in the teeth.

        • myeaglescantwin

          hahahahah thats awesome

    • Robert Baer
      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        Yes but the NFLPA hasn’t come to an accord with the league regarding the testing for HGH due to disagreements in the appeals process, thus, the listing of HGH is there for show until they do.

        • myeaglescantwin

          i thought they needed to take bone marrow samples in order to tell.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Not sure what the process is, but I don’t think it would be as invasive as having to have bone marrow drawn. Seems a little much.

          • myeaglescantwin

            pretty sure it’s an invasive, costly, painful testing procedure.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            WADA test is blood:

            http://www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/q-and-a/human-growth-hormone-hgh/

            From memory, you’ve got a pretty small window to catch people though because it’s undetectable after about 48 hours.

          • Jernst

            The real issue is that HGH is a naturally occurring hormone, one that is chronically elevated in people under physical stress where their bodies need to constantly repair themselves and it has wildly differing concentrations from person to person so it’s hard, nearly impossible, to discern from a single spot test whether it is a normal variant of their body’s natural production (which also varies a lot by day and even time of day) or it’s increased by adding extra HGH through a syringe.

  • myeaglescantwin

    I want to know how both of Chip Kelly’s coveted pieces to last years draft both have suspensions for PEDs.

    Was Lane Johnson worth the pick on his talent alone? or was Lane Johnson+PED’s the only reason he was a top level draft pic???

    I hate cheaters and thing they should be banned permanently.

    • MagatBrackendale

      Unfortunately banning would decimate most NFL rosters or so it seems.

      • myeaglescantwin

        but it would show children that even once is too much.
        I don’t care about the NFL when it’s compared to America.

    • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

      “I want to know how both of Chip Kelly’s coveted pieces to last years draft both have suspensions for PEDs.”

      I believe the old adage goes “big people beat up little people.” Duhhh.

      But in all seriousness banning permanently? The NFL wouldn’t be a far cry from the CFL if we banned every player that has/had a foreign substance in their body. The NFL calls for bigger, stronger, faster humans. In order to keep your job- your life, really – you have to be bigger, stronger, faster, and healthier than the beast next to and in front you. It’s not hard see why you would feel the pressure to do a little something here and there to keep with the Joneses.

      Besides, how do you define “cheaters?” People that put that a foreign substance in their bodies? Where would you draw the line? Creatine? Excessive protein? These magical shakes that only Shaun Huls knows the contents of? Something on a list arbitrarily created by the NFL?

      • MagatBrackendale

        You really don’t know much about the CFL if you think there are no cheater in that league too. Brandon Browner comes to mind, eg.

        • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

          I really take issue with the word “cheater” and whether we should call people who use or have used banned substances “cheaters,” which was the crux of the post. I know it is a “to each his own” topic, but I just threw up a lob to see the replies.

          And I’m not saying there aren’t “cheaters” in the CFL, I was appealing more to the overall quality of the sport. If the CFL were of higher quality, how come none of the top recruits are going there? Or why is it looked down upon (barring any Canadian jokes) if its quality is higher? That’s really where I was going with that.

          • dnabrice

            You just learn to let Mags say her thing and then move on.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Silly twit.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Many people “look down upon” anything they don’t understand or know nothing about. Many assistant coaches and coordinators work in both leagues without fanfare. Scouts work both leagues the same way. For example, the current offensive line coach with the BC Lions is a former Eagle. The DBs coach is a former Cowboy.
            Here is a partial list of current NFL players who have played in the CFL:

            Armstead Patriots
            Browner Patriots
            Freeman Colts
            Hawkins Browns
            Johnson Vikings
            McCoy Raiders
            Ryan Seahawks
            Thigpen Miami
            Wake Miami

            Marc Trestman, Tom Clements – coaches

            Again, just a small partial listing. does not include many previous players, some of whom are HOF or at least have won Super Bowls. Also:
            (Pat) Bowlen was born in Wisconsin, the son of Paul Bowlen, who became a millionaire in the Canadian oil business, founding Regent Drilling as a wildcatter. The oil company is now owned by Pat’s brother John. The younger Bowlen became wealthy in his own right by becoming a successful lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta. He also worked as an executive for his father’s company and as a real estate developer and had major investments in the mining industry.

            Bowlen is an initiated member of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity. He is a member of the bar association and law society of Alberta, Canada. Bowlen is also one of the largest donors to the University of Denver.

        • Tito

          Hes saying that if we eliminated the cheaters, the talent level would be that of the CFL

          • MagatBrackendale

            Right.

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        Besides, how do you define “cheaters?”

        People who break the rules. There’s a list of stuff the rules say you can’t take. Doesn’t matter if you think the list is arbitrary. Rules are still the rules and if you break them to gain an advantage then by definition you’re cheating.

        • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

          I’m seeing two things here. Still just curious. Not trying to disprove anything or change opinions here. I’m seeing people who break the rules and people who break the rules to gain an advantage. I’m curious about the latter one.

          So. I have ADHD or ADD or whatever. Therefore, seeing as I’m imagining what a bronco would look like carrying a football while Peyton Manning is yelling “Omaha” and pointing right at me, I am at a huge disadvantage from the rest of my teammates and opponents. So I take Adderrall to help my focus and put me on a level playing field with everyone else on the… playing field. I’ve broken a rule. Assuming Adderrall puts me exactly even with the average attention span, have I cheated if I’m at no disadvantage?

          I know that isn’t the Lane Johnson case, but I want opinions on this cheating thing.

          • anon

            If you have ADD thats just part of your natural limitations. Skinny guys can’t be lineman naturally, so they supplements to beef up – now they’re normal lineman size. It’s the same thing.

            We’ve all gotta live by our mental / physical limitations. Or at least be forced to follow the same set of rules.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            Wasn’t Carlos Ruiz suspended for Adderall? Even if it’s perfectly within the limits of acceptable risk for say, you, to take it in real life, it probably falls into the “likely to be abused by guys looking to gain unfair advantage” category.

          • Brian

            He has a league approved prescription, now.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Assuming Adderrall puts me exactly even with the average attention span, have I cheated if I’m at no disadvantage?

            Yes. You’ve broken the rules to improve your performance.

            As anon said below, ADD is part of the limits your body places on you. You’re welcome to think that isn’t “fair” but it is the rules. Besides, sports are inherently unfair in that they generally favour the most genetically flawless among us.

          • JosephR2225

            For what it’s worth, the NFL grants therapeutic use exemptions for adderall if it is prescribed by a doctor and applied for. My understanding is they grant therapeutic use exemptions for other drugs as well, but you have to apply for them. What you can’t do is test positive for a banned substance without the exemption, then say your doctor prescribed it. You have to get the prescription, AND get the exemption, THEN you can take it.

      • myeaglescantwin

        Lane Johnson & Dion Jordan both have 4 games on the bench.

      • myeaglescantwin

        We deserve the best competition of all natural athletes on the planet.

        Boosting levels of testosterone, and HGH, or even blood doping.

        • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

          With all due respect, that didn’t answer the question. And I apologize to anybody reading my ramblings.

          Is cheating anything that makes you an unnatural athlete? Then what of creatine? It is outside the body and therefore, unnatural once put in the body? The body produces protein in certain amounts. Putting more in the body, say to generate more muscle and size would be unnatural, right?

          • myeaglescantwin

            in my eyes, it’s more of thinking about kids.
            It’s about opening their eyes to the dangers that come from using any type of PED. Creatine does exist within humans naturally, but over use and abuse can also have damaging effects on a person’s insides.
            All my life coaches and trainers in pop-warner, high school, & college advised against any type of unnatural supplements. Eating properly is all a real athlete should need.

            I’ve seen juicers (steroids) melt the minds of people
            I’ve seen HGH abusers have serious internal complications.
            The reason I would be so aggressive on the professional level is only to instill these beliefs and notions into the youth.

      • Kev_H

        Here is the cheating part, the CBA ideally sets the terms of competition, much like agreements on the capabilities of stock cars, bikes in the Tour de France, and age and weight restrictions in kiddie sports. So, negotiation between stakeholders determines what they collectively decide to be safe and healthy. When you sign your contract, you agree to abide by those terms. When you cheat, you are screwing teammates and competitors literally out of money, opportunities, and livelihoods. To me, it’s like joining a league for 13-14 year olds and fielding 16 year olds with bogus documents. You know the rules, have input, agree to them, and then sneak around and cheat at the expense of others.

        I think it’s fairly widespread, but it is scummy none-the-less. That’s why I took issue with the choirboy comment above. Kelly is a known cheat and many on the roster have demonstrated poor character in general (Herremans, McCoy, Cooper…). Any demands Kelly has, such as preference for college graduates etc., are about gaining a winning edge.

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      If you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’. Give credit where it’s due. He got caught, so now it’s a matter of did he really learn. If not, he’ll be gone.
      What I find intriguing is we got that little anecdote about people not being allowed to walk on the grass because you can’t take shortcuts. How does Chip feel about PEDs and players being suspended because of them? That would seem a little more serious than disrespecting the work of the grounds crew.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Fwiw, I loathe that saying.

        • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

          In certain respects, I do as well, such as financial reporting or stock manipulation. However, when it comes to our Eagles, especially the guys who are paid to be monstrous to protect our franchise QB, I love it. And I applaud them for trying to get one over on the league. As long as he doesn’t do it a second time. Get caught again and I’ll be as over Lane Johnson as I am Danny Watkins.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      As naive as it would be to believe every excuse players offer when caught, it’d be equally naive to believe there are no false positives and no honest mistakes.

      There’s too great a risk of ruining the career of someone who doesn’t deserve it with a 1-strike policy. I think the current disciplinary levels set a solid balance.

      Now, the list of substances and other procedural rules are another story.

    • Tikkit, draft crapshoot

      I just want to say one thing in regards to your last sentence: If you truly knew the amount of players that were taking some kind of PED you wouldn’t have much of a team to root for. Look at these guys, sports science, lifting, and the growth of the human frame throughout the centuries cannot account for these mammoth individuals. You want to know why the NFLPA and NFL aren’t going great guns after HGH testing? The product would be diminished. It’s just like baseball with McGuire and Bonds. MLB knew and would rather have the product than the testing. It took an act of Congress.

      • myeaglescantwin

        they definitely turn a blind eye for profit.

        still, i’d be fine with it.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    hope that’s the truth and he isn’t a product of the spike. 6 months ago, his was a great story, playing TE in nowhereville college and within 2 yrs grows into a humongous human being and an elite LT at a major university.

    • JofreyRice

      ah, I think he’ll be fine. He’s built the muscle tissue now! Just has to keep lifting without the D-Bol to maintain, along with the long list of perfectly legal performance enhancing supplements these guys are on. I wouldn’t be totally surprised to find out Chip had them on nutritional alternatives like Maca and Suma root.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      I share your fear.

  • jon

    Once the regular season starts, can Lane Johnson Practice with the team? What about go to meetings and work with coaches/training staff?

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      don’t think so. cant participate in any team activity. it’s not end of the world, 1st one is sort of get out of jail free card. 2nd and so on, those get expensive

      • jon

        I was more thinking along the lines of….If he cannot practice with the team, workout at our facilities, and be in teh meetings with the coaches, he might actually be out more than 4 games. meaning coaches might want him to practice for a week or two before putting him right back into the game.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          nawh, guy makes 5m a year and works for a $2b company, they have ways. cant see any scenario he’s not back in there game 5.

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        He can still go through camp, though, right? Just no practicing once the preseason ends, I thought.

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

          yea, camp and PS, becomes inactive start of season until 9/29

          • dnabrice

            Sucks that he can’t at least sit in sessions. That means 4 weeks of install that he’ll miss…Wonder how much that will hurt.

          • anon

            be interesting to see what he gets on the i-pad, i’m sure they’ll have everything he need s on auto-download.

  • PaoliBulldog

    You can try to draft smart, but you can’t fight stupid.

    I don’t understand why players unions don’t set up a “virtual pharmacy” with a list of approved products so that players could order from Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, whatever. If it’s on the list, it’s good. If it’s not on the list, don’t take it. Jeez.

    • CSpangler

      Because it wasnt an innocent mistake. Please tell me you can read between the lines. He got caught speeding. Take you punishment and get a better that cant be detected next time.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        you hope. every single one of these guys says the same thing, accidental 1 time prescription to get over injury, no one questions it. I have a hard time believing these guys don’t know exactly what they are putting in their bodies.

        • OldDuckMcDoc

          Yeah, I’ve an especially hard time believing it when it comes from a guy who packed on a bunch of muscle over the summer.

          People who believe the dodgy supplement/prescription med excuse probably reckon Alistair Overeem bulked up on horse meat alone.

        • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

          at least the guy who pleaded infertility issues had an interesting story. I’m willing to forgive, because he’s an Eagle, but come on. You’re a professional athlete, you know what’s going in your body.

          • anon

            Yeah that stuff was sad for Robert Mathis — gotta talk about all that stuff in public and still get knocked — especially after that 20 sack season.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            or, really should. he’s not making 10 bucks an hour buying off internet discount sites. plus, sure he can hand anything to the Eagles to be tested in seconds. it’s really ridiculous that we accept ‘didnt know’ or ‘doc gave it to me’. 6’6 325 and spreadded is not natural. we dont want to see how the sauage is made, just want to consume it

          • Kev_H

            I might be off, but I think there is a much larger gap between team and player on these matters than your comment implies. If a team gave advice on sketchy protocols that would open up exposure to all sorts of trouble. Get suspended? Team told me it was OK. Health problems arise in the future? Team’s fault, they told me it was OK.

            There has to be more than an arm’s length between team personnel and players on these matters.

      • Kevin

        What if you are “reading” what is not there. Look at the banned substance list, you get the same suspension for anabolic steroids as you do if you have a cold and pop sudafed without permission.

        Just don’t jump to conclusions….

      • Kev_H

        It was an innocent mistake, but not that kind. To draw from baseball where it seems an inordinate amount of guys who don’t speak english well get caught, the mistake is likely a mistake following the “this is how you can do it without getting caught” instructions by a young player.

    • JofreyRice

      probably because D-Bol isn’t on anyone’s list. Did you see that guy?

    • Tikkit, draft crapshoot

      To imagine that the NFL hasn’t created an app that lets players scan a product for bar or QR codes to make sure it isn’t illegal is beyond me.

      • PaoliBulldog

        That would work too. I think we outsiders have no idea what the insider mentality is.

      • PaoliBulldog

        But that’s on the NFLPA, I think.

  • Kleptolia

    Doesn’t seem like he was cheating. It seems more likely that he took a medication without clearing it, if he’s telling the truth.
    I think it’s even more likely that the NFL’s list of banned substances is bloated and ridiculous.
    To wit: their list is on steroids.

    • Eagledelphia

      Yeah I’m pretty sure the nfl has a ridiculous list of things you cant take including many over the counter supplements it would actually probably help a lot of misconception if they actually disclosed what a player tested positive for instead of the everything being labeled under thr vague performance enhancing drugs

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        it would actually probably help a lot of misconception if they actually disclosed what a player tested positive for

        Blame the union. They got that in as part of the CBA so that players could continue to use the prescription med/dodgy supplement excuse.

        • anon

          Exactly. It seems to easy to be able to mail the team doctor and say “i’m injured what can i take”.

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      Not really. It’s five pages, two of which are half pages:

      https://www.nflplayers.com/About-us/Rules–Regulations/Player-Policies/Banned-Substances/

      Obviously the list of products containing one of these will be longer, but there’s a hotline there for players to call if they’ve any questions. One could believe that Lane is so unspeakably stupid that he never thought to check the list, call the hotline, or speak to anyone on the team, or one could believe the already large guy packing on a bunch of muscle in a short space of time cheated.

      • anon

        yeah i mean we all saw the picture from the Bball game, he looked like hulk hogan. Boykin does too but I guess he knew when to cut if off.

        • OldDuckMcDoc

          Hey now. Don’t go shattering childhoods like that.

          50% vitamins + 50% prayers + nosteroidswhatsoevernosir = HULKAMANIA

  • anon

    Problem with preaching a choir boy organization is that you have stuff like this and you’re like well what is the organization actually telling guys. Is everyone on the OL using? Does Chip condone? Will there be separate repercussions other than the suspension?

    Though funny that lots of people got on the Safety for getting arrested for drunk and disorderly but we try to protect LJ who clearly took banned substances.

    • JofreyRice

      I feel bad for Keelan Johnson. He’s got Ed Reynolds pushing him for that 5th safety spot.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        imagine not making the team because of passively resisting arrest. not blasting cops, i’d never want to be one, but that is about the biggest horses@$t charge i’ve ever heard.

    • Kev_H

      I don’t agree with the characterization of the Eagles as a choirboy organization. That isn’t reflected in anyone’s background save maybe Foles.

    • Yes_General

      So when one person makes a mistake, everyone else must be guilty as well?

  • 76mustang

    For this generation of player, Chip needs to have an interactive banned substances app written and loaded on each player’s mobile device(s), along with league/team protocols and policies – then he needs to go over this 100+ times during training camp.

    Once the season ends, the process needs to be repeated in team meetings and exit interviews, and position group leaders can check in on their teammates during the offseason…probability of mistake/getting caught significantly reduced…

    • Kev_H

      Unfortunately they are more likely to have this for masking and a detection avoidance protocol.

      • MediaMike

        Want to bet it already exists?

        • Kev_H

          I think this protocol is probably very low-tech. Technology leaves too much evidence.

  • Eagles4Life

    “prescribed medication in my body to help with a medical issue”…Riiiiiiiiiiight lol

  • DoctorRick

    Ouch!

  • MediaMike

    This is really frustrating and disappointing. I nuked Johnson his stupidity in causing problems with law enforcement earlier in the week and I’m livid with Johnson for this.
    No matter if he made an honest mistake or was totally ‘roiding, he’s hurting this team for 4 games. Due to the Jimmy Johnson “fairness doctrine”, we’re not cutting the best RT in the division. I’d still like to see the team hang this over his head in some way in addition to the league mandated 4 game suspension. I hope the team comes at his neck for a portion of his bonus money and makes him forfeit those dollars. This garbage is really unacceptable.

    • OddBall

      “Best RT in the division …”? Not quite. PFF has Justin Pugh much more highly rated.

      • MediaMike

        Justine Puke is terrible. She isn’t as good as Lane by half. PFF is wrong in this case.

  • Andy Six Score and Four

    Sheil on CSN!!!

    • MediaMike

      Yo, check it! Respect!

  • Addicted2MAmula

    Does Allen start practicing with the 1s?

  • distantfires

    ruins the sport over the long term as football becomes the circus; come see our amazing feats and women with full beards, etc.

    • Kev_H

      Absolutely right. Boxing and horse racing used to be the most popular sports but lost too much of their integrity, little by little, to maintain mainstream appeal.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    Learn from it Lane. see you on Monday!!