After reports surfaced that Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson was facing a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, he told reporters that “nothing is going on.” Now Johnson is acknowledging a failed test but claiming it stems from a supplement he had approval to take.
Johnson told Jay Glazer of FOX Sports that he took an amino acid that was approved. It’s unclear who told Johnson the supplement was approved, but Johnson insists he was told the supplement he was taking is permitted under NFL rules.
Johnson also said he is waiting on the B sample from his PED test, but if Johnson knows he took the supplement that has the substance in question, it’s hard to see why the B sample would provide a different result than the A sample.
The NFL tells players they’re responsible for the substances in their bodies, but exceptions are sometimes made. Texans tackle Duane Brown, for instance, tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol but successfully appealed when he demonstrated that he had receipts showing he had eaten beef in Mexico, where the substance is sometimes given to cattle.
Now Johnson will have to hope he can provide evidence that a supplement he used was wrongly labeled, and that the NFL believes the presence of a banned substance in his body was not his fault.