Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is operating with a business-as-usual attitude despite the dark cloud hovering above him.
Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy after allegedly testing positive for using a performance-enhancing drug. Johnson admitted that he expects to be suspended, but is eligible until a definitive decision is made by the league.
With that being said, Johnson plans on taking the field Sunday when the Eagles kick off their season against the Cleveland Browns.
“Yeah, I plan on playing this week,” Johnson said, according to the Jack McCaffery of the Delaware County Daily Times. “No news. So I will go out there and play this week and whatever happens, happens.”
Johnson’s situation is another example of the NFL dragging its feet when making disciplinary decisions, seemingly leaving players’ and teams’ fates in limbo.
Of course, the Eagles will take Johnson’s services as long as they can. Philadelphia will be breaking in rookie quarterback Carson Wentz Sunday and would probably prefer to have one of its premier blockers protecting him.
Wentz suddenly ascended from third-stringer during training camp to starter after the Eagles sent Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick. It’s been a rather unorthodox offseason for the Eagles, which makes Johnson’s presence even more pivotal.