Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson finally has learned his fate, and it isn’t the news he was hoping for.
Johnson has been told his 10-game suspension for using performance-enhancing substances has been upheld, the league announced Tuesday. Eagles executive Howie Roseman expressed his dismay with the decision and Johnson’s actions in a statement.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 11, 2016
Johnson appealed the suspension when it was handed down in August and has played in Philadelphia’s first four games. The Eagles have been preparing for this news and have experimented with moving starting left guard Allen Barbre into Johnson’s spot. Isaac Seumalo likely would step in at left guard in Barbre’s place.
The Eagles are coming off of their first loss of the 2016 season, falling to the Detroit Lions, 24-23, on Sunday. Now, the Eagles will have to survive without one of their best linemen for the majority of the regular season.