Can Lane Johnson Have an Instant Impact?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When the Eagles kicked off their season against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Lane Johnson was supposed to be on the field at the Linc, setting up in his stance next to Todd Herremans.

Instead, the second-year player was sitting in his buddy’s living room in Mesquite, Tex., watching on television.

“I just watched and tried to see what plays they were running,” Johnson said. “Just tried to mentally stay in touch with what the plays were.”

Johnson was suspended for the first four games of the season for testing positive for PEDs. During that stretch, he was not allowed to have any contact with the coaches, couldn’t practice and couldn’t enter the team’s facility. So Johnson headed to Frisco, Tex. to train at Athletes Performance Institute. Read more »

Johnson Back With Ones; Maclin Sits

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

His first day back at practice, and Lane Johnson is already running with the ones.

Johnson returned from his four-game suspension on Monday and joined his teammates on the practice field early Tuesday afternoon. During the portion open to the media, Johnson was at right tackle with the first team. The unit looked like this (from left to right): Jason Peters, Matt Tobin, David Molk, Todd Herremans, Johnson. That’s an improvement from Sunday assuming Johnson, who is said to have come back in very good shape, can re-acclimate quickly.
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Lane Johnson Back In the Fold

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After a four-week suspension, starting right tackle Lane Johnson returned to the NovaCare Complex Monday morning.

“I saw Lane briefly this morning. He’s gotta meet with the training staff and get cleared physically,” said Chip Kelly at his day-after press conference.

“We haven’t seen him for a month. He told me he was at API in Dallas working out and there were some other players there. He looked good. It’s just the unknown. Where’s he at? How does he process things? How quickly does he get back into  the swing of things? Where is he from a health standpoint?”

Johnson was officially activated from the reserve/suspended list Monday afternoon. To make room, the Eagles released offensive lineman Kevin Graf.

Talking with people around Johnson, there is confidence that the 24-year-old will be ready to play Sunday against the Rams. He apparently trained twice a day at the facility in Dallas and is said to be in very good shape.
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Chip: Johnson Not Impacted By New Proposal

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots
Player reps could vote on  a new drug proposal Friday that, if passed, would lead to the reinstatement of certain players currently suspended as a result of a failed drug test.

Is Lane Johnson one of the players that would be impacted by the new agreement?

“From what I understand, no,” said Chip Kelly. Read more »

Eyes On Barbre As Johnson Suspension Looms

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

One last cameo for Lane Johnson before he disappears for four weeks.

Once the rosters are finalized on Saturday, Johnson’s four-game suspension kicks in. He is not allowed to participate in team activities, use the team’s facilities or have contact with any club officials (except to arrange off-site medical treatment) during this time. Johnson will play in the preseason finale Thursday night against the Jets, and then he’s cut off. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Three Leftovers From Davis

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis met with reporters Sunday. Below are three things that stood out.

1. We’ve written plenty in this space about the high number of snaps guys like DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin played last year. Part of that had to do with the defense’s inability to get off the field. Part of it had to do with the team’s lack of depth at certain spots. Part of it had to do with pace and style of the offense.

But going forward, Davis wants to get those guys off the field a little bit more.

“It’s something we are very concerned about,” he said. “We don’t want any of them to play all the snaps. It’s too many snaps for any one defensive player. We know we had way too many. It benefits both us and the player and DeMeco or Mychal [Kendricks] that we get a rotation in there, too. We’ll get that rotation all the time through different packages and with the addition like you touched on of some new players. It will give us a little bit more flexibility. Read more »

Kelly: On Barbre, Lane And Failed Drug Tests

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Two Eagles players have been suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs this offseason.  The team only had one drug suspension during the 14 years under Andy Reid. Chip Kelly was asked at the start of training camp Saturday whether there is a lack of oversight from this current regime.

“No, I think we educate our players all the time. Everyone in the NFL knows you’re going to get tested. There’s also some individual responsibility that goes with the player,” said Kelly. “They’re also their own men. It’s no different than if you got pulled over for DUI, are you going to tell your employers that you didn’t tell me I couldn’t do that? There’s a lot of responsibilities. [Jake Knott and Lane Johnson] are both adults, they both made mistakes, they are going to pay a very hefty price for those mistakes, they are going to miss four games, they are going to miss four game checks, and hopefully that works.” Read more »

Mathis On His Decision To Report

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Evan Mathis knew that holding out was his only real leverage play, and that his leverage grew when Lane Johnson failed his drug test. But he just couldn’t bring himself to do it.

“It was easy for me to sit there and think about it a month ago but when it was getting down closer to the wire, it was not something I could see myself doing really. For multiple reasons. When I was in elementary school and I got sick and I missed a day of school I felt bad because I was behind, and this is not the kind of stuff you want to get behind on,” said Mathis as the team reported to NovaCare for training camp Friday.

“I try to look at it my point of view, try to look at it from their point of view. I didn’t want to have a negative impact on the team. I didn’t want to send the wrong message to the players, coaches, fans. I look at what I’m doing as doing the right thing in the situation.” Read more »

Johnson Provides Little Detail On Suspension

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As Lane Johnson walked up to the podium outside the NovaCare Complex, a reporter asked him how he was doing.

“I’ve been better,” said the Eagles’ second-year offensive tackle.

Johnson’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy was announced earlier this week. Today was the first time he could tell his side of the story, but Johnson opted not to provide many details.

“It’s something I didn’t get cleared up with [head athletic trainer Chris] Peduzzi and something I didn’t really think about,” he said. “I got the paper back probably the first of May, mid-May. So I knew it was coming. It was just a long, drawn-out process. It’s something I’ve gotta deal with for four weeks. Read more »

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