The Philadelphia Eagles have been dealt a big blow today, as one of their biggest contributors is facing suspension.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, right tackle Lane Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension for a second violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The league has yet to make the suspension official, as Johnson will reportedly appeal the decision.
The 26-year old is a former first-round pick in the 2013 draft, and has long been one of the most consistent players on Philadelphia's offensive line. The product of Oklahoma missed four starts in his sophomore year due to a suspension for performance enhancing substances.
His production was rewarded by the Eagles in the form of a five-year, $56-million contract extension earlier this year. However this latest suspension could put his future with the team in jeopardy. According to ESPN's Field Yates, the extension included a clause that voids his $35.5 million in guarantees were he to receive another suspension. Philadelphia can now cut Johnson if they wish without incurring any cap penalties.
Unless Johnson wins his appeal, he will only be eligible to return Nov. 28 for a Monday night matchup with the Green Bay Packers.