PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Philadelphia Eagles Lane Johnson's 10-game suspension has been upheld following his failed appeal. The right tackle is expected to miss close to the rest of the season due to his second PED violation.
The fourth overall draft selection in 2013, Johnson started the team's first four games while his suspension was appealed.
He previously served a four-game ban in 2014 for using a banned medication that he said he had a prescription for, but that he never checked with Eagles trainers or doctors.
Johnson will be eligible to return to the Eagles' active roster on Monday, December 19 following the team's December 18 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Eagles' Vice President of Football operations released the following statement in response to the suspension.
"We're very disappointed that Lane Johnson has been suspended 10 games. His actions have affected the entire organization. We are all working under a clearly-defined set of rules and regulations set forth by the NFL in the collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA. Moving forward, he has no choice but to hold himself accountable to Jeffrey Lurie, Coach Pederson and his staff, his teammates, and to the entire organization and our fans. When he returns from suspension, we will continue to support him and welcome him back to the team. We are moving on with our preparations for this week's game in Washington."
Johnson's legal team is reportedly considering further legal action.