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Lane Johnson will play Sunday, has appeal hearing Week 4

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Lane Johnson #65 of the Philadelphia Eagles plays against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Getty Images

Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson will play one more game with a 10-game suspension hanging over his head.

Johnson will play Sunday against the Steelers, Jeff McLane of Philly.com reports. He then has his appeal hearing during Week Four, when the Eagles are on their bye.

The B sample from Johnson’s previous positive PED test confirmed what Johnson had already acknowledged: He took a substance that is considered a banned performance enhancer by the NFL. Johnson, however, insists that the substance was included in a supplement he took and was not on the list of ingredients.

So his appeal will be based on his insistence that he took the banned substance unknowingly. The NFL generally tells players they’re responsible for whatever is in their bodies, so that appeal wouldn’t seem likely to succeed. But the league has made exceptions, as in the case of Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown, whose suspension was overturned when he provided evidence that he had eaten beef that came from a cow that was given a hormone that is on the NFL’s banned list.

If the NFL will give a break to a player who accidentally ate tainted beef, will it also give a break to a player who accidentally took a tainted supplement? If so, Johnson is in the clear. If not, he’ll be suspended for 10 games, likely starting in Week Five.

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16 Responses to “Lane Johnson will play Sunday, has appeal hearing Week 4”
  1. justanotherdummy says: Sep 20, 2016 8:52 AM

    The cow that became the beef Brown consumed was not treated with a hormone. It was clenbuterol, a drug to open lung passageways and provide some muscle growth. It is super popular in the horse racing industry.

  2. sportoficionado says: Sep 20, 2016 8:56 AM

    as a Cowboys fan, it is a little difficult to accept that we have three players suspended immediately at the same time this clown fails a test and he is still running around not suspended. Most readers have to have at least some question regarding this matter(considering the NFL stance/precedent).

  3. bathroombenlovemachine says: Sep 20, 2016 9:12 AM

    Eagles = Only team in NFC East with No Lombardi Trophy

    Cowboys 5 Super Bowl Rings/5 Lombardi Trophies
    Giants 4 Super Bowl Rings/4 Lombardi Trophies
    Redskins 3 Super Bowl Rings/3 Super Bowl Trophies

    EAGLES have ZERO SUPER BOWL RINGS

  4. therealtrenches says: Sep 20, 2016 9:14 AM

    sportoficionado says:
    Sep 20, 2016 8:56 AM
    as a Cowboys fan, it is a little difficult to accept that we have three players suspended immediately at the same time this clown fails a test and he is still running around not suspended. Most readers have to have at least some question regarding this matter(considering the NFL stance/precedent).

    ————–

    Didn’t we go over this with you a couple of weeks ago?

    Your players were suspended after the entire process played itself out: A sample, B sample, and appeal (if one was filed).

    Lane’s process is not over yet. He’s now past the B sample stage, and will appeal.

    The only reason we knew about Lane’s A sample is because of a leak to the press. If that hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t have heard about it until his process was completed.

    I’m beginning to think the CBA specifies that there should be no public notification of a PED suspension until *after* the appeal just so that knuckleheads like you don’t get confused.

  5. famundacheese says: Sep 20, 2016 9:26 AM

    Here is an idea, why don’t you get mad at your GM for bringing in low character guys to play for him. Johnson is a moron and when his appeal fails, he will be suspended. Until then have some cheese with that whine.

  6. schreinco says: Sep 20, 2016 9:39 AM

    I’m sure that the deck is stacked against the Cowboys.

  7. sportoficionado says: Sep 20, 2016 9:56 AM

    why is it that eagles fans take it so personally? stop being so sensitive..and do not pretend like you know anything about the Cowboys’ suspensions–the b sample was taken months ago and is just now returned back? this isn’t a conspiracy theory just how quickly justice is meted out in the nfl is not consistent. facts.

  8. sumkat says: Sep 20, 2016 10:01 AM

    Odd that you would write this blog and leave out the actual reason for the appeal

    The league has an app players can use to check if a supplement is on the banned list, or not. He says he checked that app, and it told him the supplement was fine.

    If there is no app that does such a thing, or if that supplement was not showing as approved in the app, he should be suspended, without question. If there is an app, and it did tell him it was approved, I don’t see why he should lose his appeal.

  9. famundacheese says: Sep 20, 2016 10:08 AM

    He will be suspended. If you want you can talk Pats fans and all play the victim together. Sorrry if your feelings got hurt.

  10. xavier179 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:29 AM

    Take your suspension and be done with it.

  11. therealtrenches says: Sep 20, 2016 10:40 AM

    sportoficionado says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:56 AM
    why is it that eagles fans take it so personally? stop being so sensitive..and do not pretend like you know anything about the Cowboys’ suspensions–the b sample was taken months ago and is just now returned back? this isn’t a conspiracy theory just how quickly justice is meted out in the nfl is not consistent. facts.

    ——————–

    Dude, *you’re* the one who things your cowboys are being singled out for especially unfair treatment (or that the Eagles are somehow being treated favorably). Talk about sensitivity.

    The point you can’t seem to understand is that it’s entirely possible that the NFL took just as long with the Cowboys’ B samples as they are with Lane’s. But we have no way of knowing this because news of their suspensions wasn’t made public until after the whole process was over. You don’t know how much time there was between A and B samples for these other suspensions you’re whining about.

    And besides, it’s not as if it has given the Eagles any advantages. Lane will probably be suspended after the week 4 bye, which means they won’t get him back until week 14 instead of week 10. There’s no special treatment in delaying one of your best players’ suspensions until later in the seasons.

    Get a grip and quit your crying.

  12. chizzlechest says: Sep 20, 2016 11:03 AM

    Sumkat, I just want to correct that the app belongs to the NFL PA not the NFL.

    And I’m a bit angry that the NFL PA isn’t helping him. That is what he pays them for.

  13. bathroombenlovemachine says: Sep 20, 2016 11:05 AM

    This is Lane Johnson’s 2nd suspension for PED use.
    The next PED use violation will be a 2 year suspension.

    WU TANG

  14. sportoficionado says: Sep 20, 2016 12:05 PM

    therealtrenches says:
    Sep 20, 2016 10:40 AM

    sportoficionado says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:56 AM
    why is it that eagles fans take it so personally? stop being so sensitive..and do not pretend like you know anything about the Cowboys’ suspensions–the b sample was taken months ago and is just now returned back? this isn’t a conspiracy theory just how quickly justice is meted out in the nfl is not consistent. facts.

    ——————–

    Dude, *you’re* the one who things your cowboys are being singled out for especially unfair treatment (or that the Eagles are somehow being treated favorably). Talk about sensitivity.

    The point you can’t seem to understand is that it’s entirely possible that the NFL took just as long with the Cowboys’ B samples as they are with Lane’s. But we have no way of knowing this because news of their suspensions wasn’t made public until after the whole process was over. You don’t know how much time there was between A and B samples for these other suspensions you’re whining about.

    And besides, it’s not as if it has given the Eagles any advantages. Lane will probably be suspended after the week 4 bye, which means they won’t get him back until week 14 instead of week 10. There’s no special treatment in delaying one of your best players’ suspensions until later in the seasons.

    Get a grip and quit your crying.

    ha, all this for just pointing out a fact–are you opposed to facts? oh and btw, Dlaw failed his test same time meathead Lame did his–only difference is that Dlaw’s sample came back in August.

  15. therealtrenches says: Sep 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    sportoficionado says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:05 PM
    therealtrenches says:
    Sep 20, 2016 10:40 AM

    ha, all this for just pointing out a fact–are you opposed to facts? oh and btw, Dlaw failed his test same time meathead Lame did his–only difference is that Dlaw’s sample came back in August.

    —————

    Sorry, “Dlaw’s” suspension process, from A-sample to B-sample, to the question of whether or not he would appeal, was completed at around the same time that news of Lane’s A-sample leaked.

    This is the part that you seem emotionally and intellectually incapable of understanding.

    You come into *every* Lane Johnson story and cry about your Cowboys. You are the *only* freaking person on this *entire site* who sees this situation the way you do. Your comments get a total of 1 or 2 likes (one of which is probably yours).

    I don’t know how many more times or ways we have to spell it out for you.

    You need to be disabused of the notion that there is *any* validity whatsoever to your point of view that your cowboys are somehow getting screwed. They’re not. Sorry. Go home.

  16. famundacheese says: Sep 20, 2016 1:06 PM

    We get it the NFL is inconsistent, but pouting isn’t going to fix it. He will get suspended after this week. Putting the m in his name is genius, I give the 5 year old who came up with mad props.

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