Report: Lane Johnson suspended four games for failed PED test

Lane JohnsonPhialdelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson has reportedly been suspended for the first four games of the regular season after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. The news was first reported by Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Johnson is the Eagles’ starting right tackle and one of the more important pieces of their offensive front. The former Oklahoma star played in all 16 games during his rookie season last year after being drafted with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

After being drafted, Johnson showed Philadelphia reporters that he has a great sense of humor when he punked them with a story about wrestling bears.

Johnson is a big reason why LeSean McCoy racked up more than 2,000 total yards from scrimmage last season. Assuming the suspension holds, the Eagles will have to find other ways to open holes for McCoy and protect Nick Foles.

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Lane Johnson’s son has enormous hands

Lane Johnson son hands

Lane Johnson is a massive man. The No. 4 overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles checks in at 6-foot-6 and 303 pounds, which is a pretty good size for an offensive tackle. If the Eagles are smart, they might have to get a jumpstart on recruiting Johnson’s son.

Johnson’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child on Saturday. Johnson shared a picture of his son the first day he was born, and then he caused a frenzy on the ‘net Tuesday when he shared a photo of his son’s gigantic hands, complete with the tease “big ol’ hands.”

“When he came out, I thought his hands were as big as mine,” Johnson told the Eagles’ site. “I mean, they were huge. Because my wife, she’s 5-11, my father-in-law’s 6-6, my dad’s 6-6, so there’s no telling how big he’s going to be when he gets growing. But yeah, he has huge hands.”

Johnson’s son, David Jace Johnson, will likely be a monster before long. He’ll probably be a darn good athlete, too. And maybe he’ll be able to wrestle bears like his father.

Photo: Twitter/Lane Johnson
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Lane Johnson punks Philly media, makes up story about wrestling bears

Lane JohnsonFormer Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft less than 24 hours ago, but he has already given the Philly media a glimpse into the type of guy that he is. Most rookies focus on trying to say and do the right things when they first come into the NFL, but Johnson felt the urge to screw with Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday.

A rumor was floating around that Johnson used to wrestle black bears on his uncle’s ranch, and the big man decided to perpetuate it. Johnson got into detail after confirming to McLane that he used to tangle with Bears in East Texas.

Before things got too crazy and every sports blog in America was talking about Johnson’s incredible training regimen, he came clean.

Talk about making an outstanding first impression. If you remember, this is the same Johnson who was open about the fact that his interview with the Cincinnati Bengals back in February got really, really weird. He sounds like a fun-loving guy, which should make life easier on the media. Or harder, depending on how many more fake stories he has up his sleeve.

Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson: Combine interview with Bengals was strange

Lane JohnsonOklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson is one of the top draft prospects at his position, and he says his experience the past few days at the NFL Combine was good except for an odd interview with the Cincinnati Bengals.

During an interview with Darren Smith on The Mighty 1090 in San Diego, Johnson was asked if he was unprepared for any of his Combine interviews. He said no, but that the Bengals caught him off guard during his interview.

“I was meeting with Cincinnati, and I went in there and they told me to remember five things,” Johnson recalled to Smith. “They just listed like five things — a bear, a flower, a tree, a man and like a dog — and they told me to remember those terms at the end of the meeting to see if I could remember them. And from that point on, they listed numbers. They said, like, 9167, and told me to repeat them in reverse order. So that was probably the weirdest meeting I’ve ever been a part of and kind of caught me off guard.

“I would definitely say I was prepared except for that meeting,” said Johnson.

Johnson says he thinks he got about four out of five right when asked to recall the items.

“It was definitely challenging because it caught you off guard,” he said.

Though the Bengals’ instructions seem odd to the rest of us, they probably make sense in some sort of way. If I had to guess, I’d say that’s an interview tactic to see how well someone can multitask with their memory, which actually makes sense for a lineman. Think about it — being asked to remember a few items while being asked other questions isn’t too dissimilar from a lineman trying to remember blocking assignments for a given play while recalling tendencies they saw on film regarding their opponents.

Transcription via Sports Radio Interviews, H/T Eye on Football