There have been a large number of NFL suspensions due to failed drug tests announced this summer and you can possibly add one more ahead of the start of the 2016 season. It was reported that Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension after failing his second test for PED usage.
NFL Media senior analyst Ian Rapoport reported, via Darren Degaetano of WIP Philadelphia, that Johnson is currently facing the suspension. He is looking to appeal the suspension and hopefully be on the field for the Eagles this year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 9, 2016
FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer later reported that he spoke to Johnson about the incident. He said that he took an approved amino acid, but had tested positive for peptide.
The NFL is currently waiting on the results of a second sample.
“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”
Johnson signed a six-year deal worth $63 million in January. He has $35.5 million of it guaranteed, but a suspension would void that number out, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
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
The Eagles drafted Johnson fourth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft and he has been a monster star for the team. He has started 45 games for the team over the last three seasons.