The Philadelphia Eagles will be forced to play their next 10 games without starting right tackle Lane Johnson. According to the team, his 10-game suspension has been upheld. He'll be eligible to return in Week 16.
Lane Johnson has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. pic.twitter.com/WavoiSsgpx— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 11, 2016
Johnson's counsel says it will consider taking further legal action after reviewing the decision further.
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Here is a statement from Lane Johnson's outside counsel on the NFL's decision ... pic.twitter.com/pvpZLlYoRb— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 11, 2016
Johnson was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy just before the start of the season. He reportedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, though he admitted to taking only approved amino acids.
It's possible Johnson's legal team can sue to delay his suspension further, but that remains to be seen. As it stands now, Johnson's ban will be enforced beginning at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday.
As for the Eagles, they'll likely have two options to replace Johnson. Rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a candidate to step in at right tackle, as is current left guard Allen Barbre. This week of practice will likely determine which route the Eagles take.