The Eagles may need to find themselves a replacement right tackle for the first four games of the regular season.
Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that tackle Lane Johnson faces a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. If the suspension goes through as reported, Johnson would miss games against the Jaguars, Colts, Redskins and 49ers before returning for a Week Five date with Chris Long, Robert Quinn and the Rams.
The Eagles have Allen Barbre on hand as an option at right tackle and the Eagles like him enough that they signed him to an extension this offseason. Bumping Barbre up to the starting lineup would leave the Eagles short on experienced depth, however, and that’s something that might be useful even when Johnson is in the lineup so the Eagles could make a move before training camp.
If Johnson is suspended, he will join linebacker Jake Knott as Eagles players kicking off the 2014 season on the suspended list.