PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Lane Johnson’s 10 game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy has been upheld, the Eagles announced on Tuesday.
“We’re very disappointed that Lane Johnson has been suspended 10 games,” Eagles Executive Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman said in a statement. “His actions have affected the entire organization. We are all working under a clearly-defined set of rules and regulations set forth by the NFL in the collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA. Moving forward, he has no choice but to hold himself accountable to Jeffrey Lurie, Coach Pederson and his staff, his teammates, and to the entire organization and our fans. When he returns from suspension, we will continue to support him and welcome him back to the team. We are moving on with our preparations for this week’s game in Washington.”
Lane Johnson’s lawyer has released a statement per Mike Garafolo saying they “will consider all available legal options.”
“Lane Johnson’s attorney decided he wanted to go to an arbitrator and not the NFL for the hearing,” Howard Eskin told Angelo Cataldi on Tuesday’s 94WIP Morning Show. “The arbitrator decides on one or the other. It’s either zero or it’s ten. His attorney took the shot that it’s gonna be nothing.”
Listen: Howard Eskin on the 94WIP Morning Show
In August, news broke that Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy for the second time in two years. Johnson will be suspended without pay for the next 10 games, eligible to return after the team’s Week 15 game on December 15th at the Baltimore Ravens.
A third violation would result in a two-year suspension.
Johnson was having a strong fourth-season. According to Pro Football Focus, Johnson was the Eagles’ fifth best offensive player in Week 5 vs. the Lions.
Last week, head coach Doug Pederson said he will replace Johnson at right-tackle with Allen Barbre and/or Halapoulivaati Vaitai (“Big V”).