Lane John­son try­ing to fight sus­pen­sion

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

Ea­gles tackle Lane John­son, who is play­ing while wait­ing for a fi­nal rul­ing on a pos­si­ble sus­pen­sion, plans to keep fight­ing the NFL’s rul­ing.

PHILADEL­PHIA >> The noisy cel­e­bra­tion fol­low­ing backto-back wins un­der Ea­gles rookie Car­son Wentz has run head-on into a big ob­sta­cle.

Of­fen­sive tackle Lane John­son con­firmed in a text mes­sage he’s ap­peal­ing a 10-game sus­pen­sion after test­ing pos­i­tive for PEDs.

The next step for John­son, who started the first two games, is to present his case to an ar­bi­tra­tor dur­ing the bye week.

John­son should be avail­able for the Ea­gles’ game Sun­day against the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers. He has ar­gued the sub­stance caus­ing his pos­i­tive test wasn’t on the list of in­gre­di­ents in the sup­ple­ment he took. He also has said he ul­ti­mately is re­spon­si­ble for what he puts in his body.

That sen­ti­ment is shared by head coach Doug Ped­er­son, who won’t deal with John­son’s sus­pen­sion un­til it be­comes just that.

“Un­til I hear from the league of­fice, Lane’s my start­ing right tackle,” Ped­er­son said. “But un­til that time, we’re full go un­til then.”

The Ea­gles have been hav­ing trouble keep­ing hits off rookie quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz, who some­how hasn’t turned the ball over in two games de­spite be­ing sacked four times and tatooed dou­ble that fig­ure.

If the sus­pen­sion is up­held, Ped­er­son said he would move left guard Allen Bar­bre to right tackle and play ei­ther rookie Isaac Seu­malo or vet­eran Ste­fen Wis­niewski at left guard, as the Ea­gles did in train­ing camp.

The sus­pen­sion is steep be­cause John­son is a sec­ond-time offender. He was sus­pended the first four games of the 2014 season after test­ing pos­i­tive for a banned sub­stance. At that time John­son ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for not check­ing the sub­stance with the trainer.

John­son has said he in­tends to drag the process out as long as he can.

••• My­chal Ken­dricks suf­fered a nose frac­ture and quad con­tu­sion against the Bears. The line­backer is day-to-day, ac­cord­ing to Ped­er­son, but “should be OK for this week­end’s game against Pitts­burgh.”

Ken­dricks took a shot to the fore­head. He played just 20 of 52 snaps. Seu­malo is day-to-day with a pec­toral strain. He’s been scratched all season.

Scratched Monday, cor­ner­back Leodis McKelvin (ham­string) and tight end Zach Ertz (rib) are pro­gress­ing in re­habs per the coach, who says they’re game-time de­ci­sions this week.

Kicker Caleb Stur­gis was cramp­ing dur­ing the game, Ped­er­son said.

••• Brett Favre raved about Car­son Wentz on Sir­iusXM NFL Ra­dio Tues­day. He was most im­pressed with the poise Wentz showed on MNF.

“He looked like the 10year vet­eran,” Favre said. “I think Philly is still with­out com­mit­ting a turnover. And go­ing into Chicago, whether Chicago is play­ing great or not so great, it’s a tough place to play, es­pe­cially for a young kid. But I thought he han­dled him­self ex­tremely well.”

Favre also plugged the play-call­ing of Ped­er­son, who backed him up dur­ing tours with the Pack­ers.

“I’m a lit­tle bi­ased to Doug be­cause he and I are re­ally good friends and we go way back, and he was a team­mate and a great friend of mine for a long time and still is,” Favre said. “But I have to ad­mit, the play-call­ing and de­sign — and Jon Gru­den touched on that last night — I thought was re­ally good and it also fit what Car­son does well.”

CHARLES REX ARBOGAST — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ea­gles tackle Lane John­son has re­port­edly been slapped down with a 10-game sus­pen­sion. But he’s ex­pected to file an ap­peal and be able to play Sun­day against the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers.

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