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Report: Lane Johnson's 10-Game Suspension Upheld
By Adrian Fedkiw It took long enough. Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson's 10-game suspension has been upheld, according to the MMQB's Albert Breer, who was informed of the news by Johnson's lawyer Steve Zashin. Here's a statement from Zashin on the matter. “We are disappointed with Arbitrator James Carter’s Summary ruling. We will wait for his formal written opinion. After we review that decision, we will consider all available legal options.” This is the second PED offense for Johnson, who signed a five-year, $56.3 million contract during the offseason, which made him the highest paid right tackle in the NFL He was also suspended four games in 2014 due to a positive test for adderall. A third suspension would constitute a permanent ban from the league. Johnson won't be eligible to return until the Eagles' Week 16 matchup against the New York Giants. Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman released a statement as well. “We’re very disappointed that Lane Johnson has been suspended 10 games. His actions have affected the entire organization. We are all working under a clearly-defined set of rules and regulations set forth by the NFL in the collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA. Moving forward, he has no choice but to hold himself accountable to Jeffrey Lurie, Coach Pederson and his staff, his teammates, and to the entire organization and our fans. When he returns from suspension, we will continue to support him and welcome him back to the team. We are moving on with our preparations for this week’s game in Washington.” So what does this mean for the Eagles' offensive line? During the preseason, head coach Doug Pederson elected to move starting left guard Allen Barbre to right tackle and rookie third-round pick Isaac Seumalo to left guard, but last week Pederson suggested that since Barbre has played so well at left guard, he didn't want to tinker with that. Rookie fifth-round selection Halapoulivaati Vaitai might be the starter at right tackle if Pederson elects to go that route. Vaitai struggled during the spring and preseason, but the coaching staff acknowledged last week that he's taken significant strides forward since.