Lane Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, a source informed of the situation told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Johnson was previously suspended four games for a PED violation back in 2014.
The news was first reported by Darren DeGaetano of WIP-FM in Philadelphia.
Johnson is appealing, according to Rapoport, but at the moment the Eagles are staring down the possibility of starting Dennis Kelly or rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai for more than half the season.
While Philly's quick-strike offense should negate the loss slightly, Johnson was looked at as one of the ascending players on the roster and a luxury to run behind. The Eagles ranked No. 2 in the NFL last year in plays run off the outside shoulder of the right tackle (84), with an average gain of 4.55 yards per play.
Johnson signed a six-year, $66.1 million deal in January.
This is obviously bad news, but it goes beyond losing a talented right tackle for 10 games. Johnson was versatile enough to fill in at left tackle in case of an injury to Jason Peters, and that option is now taken off the table. Peters, meanwhile, can't seem to go a day of practice in training camp without getting injured, so it looks like the Eagles' offensive line will be about as effective at blocking defensive linemen as a spaghetti strainer is at preventing water to run through it. Our starting quarterback is more fragile than the lamp from "A Christmas Story," so he'll get injured within the first six games and the Eagles will trot out either Chase Daniel, the guys who's attempted 77 passes in 55 career games, or Carson Wentz, upon whose should the fan base has placed the entire future of the franchise. Either way, we'll eventually end up starting Wentz, who will get the shit kicked out of him because of the porous offensive line. Wentz' confidence will plummet and the Eagles will finish the season in the 3-5 win range.
At least we'll be rewarded with a high draft pick after such a terrible season right? ....oh yeah that's right Howie Rosemann pulled a more reckless move than even Chip Kelly ever would to get the spot in the draft that went toward drafting Wentz.
How many days until Flyers season?