Report: Lane Johnson To Be Suspended For 10 Games
UPDATE NO. 4: Lane Johnson‘s agent, Ken Sarnoff, released the following statement:
- We are aware that a member of the media has started a rumor that Lane will be suspended for a PED violation.
- Lane has not been suspended and any report to the contrary is false.
- Nonetheless, we will not comment on my client’s protected health information.
UPDATE NO. 3: Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports Johnson now acknowledges the suspension.
From Glazer’s Twitter account:
Just heard from Lane Johnson, says he took an amino acid that was approved but tested positive for peptide. Fighting it as well as company. You’re responsible for what goes in your body but he insists it was approved. Waiting on B sample
UPDATE NO. 2: If Johnson’s suspension is upheld, he could lose his $35.5 million in guaranteed money he got in January.
Worth noting re: Lane Johnson, per his contract, a suspension would void the guaranteed money in the 5-year extension he signed in January.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 9, 2016
UPDATE: Johnson tells Les Bowen of the Daily News that “nothing is going on.”
Welp, texting with Lane Johnson, who just said he was asleep and "nothing is going on." I am puzzled.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) August 9, 2016
In January, the Eagles signed Johnson, who is appealing the suspension, to a five-year deal for a reported $56.26 million, including $35.5 million in guarantees. The Eagles’ right tackle first tested positive for PEDs in 2014 and missed the first four games of the season that year.
If Johnson, whom the Eagles drafted with the fourth overall pick in 2013, misses time, Allen Barbre, Dennis Kelly or Matt Tobin would likely replace him.