Eagles expect OT Lane Johnson to play Sunday vs. Lions, sources say

Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson is expected to play this week, sources told ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Johnson had a hearing Tuesday at the NFL's New York office for his appeal of a 10-game suspension after he violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy for a second time.

Johnson, who has criticized the NFLPA regarding supplement use, is eligible to play through the appeals process.

"There are a number issues relative to Lane's appeal. Many of those issues strike at the heart of substantive player protections. We await the decision of the arbitrator. In the meantime, Lane will prepare and play as scheduled," Johnson's attorney, Steve Zashin, said in a statement.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said last month,"Until I hear from the league office, Lane is my starting right tackle."

During practice Monday, Johnson was the only player getting reps with the first team at right tackle, according to a couple of his teammates.

"We're assuming Lane is playing this week," tight end Zach Ertzsaid, "and we'll go from there."

Johnson was suspended for four games in 2014 after he tested positive for a banned substance. Johnson said he had taken a prescribed medication without checking with the Eagles' medical staff.

The Eagles (3-0) face the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
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