Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says the team is preparing for right tackle Lane Johnson to be suspended by the NFL because of a violation of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.
Johnson reportedly will receive a 10-game ban for the violation. Two years ago, he served a four-game ban in 2014 for a PED violation.
“I have to anticipate there’s a chance” Johnson will be suspended, Pederson said. “It’s smart on my part to have a Plan B.”
Johnson did start in the team’s preseason opener on Thursday, a 17-9 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Philadelphia signed Johnson to a five-year, $63 million contract extension in January, which included $35.5 million in guaranteed money. That guaranteed money could be voided if Johnson ends up being suspended.
“We’ve got the bodies to be able to fill that role,” Pederson said. “We’ll see who’s next best; maybe somebody who hasn’t played there this spring or summer.”
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