Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lane Johnson: "I have no one to blame but myself, it's all on me"

Lane Johnson said he took a prescription drug in April that led to his four-game PED suspension, but the Eagles offensive tackle would not reveal what that drug was or what the medical condition was that caused him to take it, at the advice of coach Chip Kelly.

Lane Johnson: "I have no one to blame but myself, it’s all on me"

Lane Johnson said he took a prescription drug in April that led to his four-game PED suspension, but the Eagles offensive tackle would not reveal what that drug was or what the medical condition was that caused him to take it, at the advice of coach Chip Kelly.

"As a professional, you’re supposed to be aware of what you put in your body and take precautions," Johnson said after reporting to training camp on Friday. "That’s something I didn’t do, and now I pay the price."

Johnson understood that he invites skepticism by not revealing what he took. He said he cannot stop the opinions others, and it's ultimately his mistake. He said he let down Kelly, general manager Howie Roseman, his teammates, and the organization.

"The toughest part about it is I’m not going to be able to be around here to battle," Johnson said. "Expecting to get out here and get a good start in week 1, and something I can’t do. I have no one to blame but myself, it’s all on me."

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Johnson said he must find someone in Texas to do one-on-ones with in September. He cannot be with the team during the first four weeks of the season.

He learned of the suspension in mid-May, and immediately told Kelly and Roseman. The Eagles signed Allen Barbre to an extension in early June. 

Johnson joins Jake Knott as two suspended Eagles. He did not think there's a lack of oversight from the team.

"There’s a list of 100, 200 banned substances you can’t take, they’re all in the building," Johnson said. "They tell us all the time to talk to our trainers, something I didn’t do."

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