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Philadelphia Eagles OT Lane Johnson suspended for first four games of season


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The suspension of Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson for violating the NFL’s drug policy was announced by the league on Wednesday.

The NFL announced that Johnson would be suspended for the first four games of the 2014 regular season. He will return to the Eagles’ roster on Monday, September 29 following the team’s game a day earlier against the San Francisco 49ers. The Eagles said via a statement issued on Wednesday,

We’re very disappointed to learn of his suspension. We have spoken to Lane about the details of the suspension. He understood what he did wrong and took full responsibility. The key for him, however, is to learn from that mistake and move forward with his preparation for the 2014 season.”

The move was widely speculated by reporters almost a month ago but received no official comment from the league or the team until now.

The issue occurred when Johnson took an undisclosed prescription medication without clearing the drug with Eagles trainers. The second-year offensive lineman expressed remorse and regret about his actions, which will have a heavy impact on the team:

In April while training, I mistakenly and foolishly put a prescribed medication in my body to help with a medical issue. I mistakenly failed to clear it with Eagles trainers and check the NFL list of banned substances. I am extremely sorry for this mistake and I will learn from it and be smarter in the future.

I would like to sincerely apologize to Mr. Lurie, Howie Roseman, Coach Kelly and his staff, my teammates and our amazing Philadelphia Eagles fans. This will be very hard on me to not be battling with my teammates for four games – but I will be ready and better than ever when I return.”

The suspension of the Eagles’ 2013 first-round draft pick is a deep disappointment to the team, heading into its second season under head coach Chip Kelly and looking to build on last year’s success. Johnson’s progression from a rookie to a more seasoned player is one of the more anticipated storylines of the 2014 season. The suspension, which will mean that Johnson will miss games against  the Jaguars, Colts,  49ers, and first divisional matchup against the Redskins, will mean make the scrutiny and expectations for his growth that much more intense.

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Reserve your Philadelphia Eagles training camp tickets this morning


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After changing the location of Philadelphia Eagles training camp in 2013, the team is changing things up again this year. While practices will still be held in the City of Philadelphia, the open practice on Sunday, August 10 will occur at Franklin Field in University City, former home to the Birds. Tickets for that session can be reserved later this morning at 10. Continue reading ‘Reserve your Philadelphia Eagles training camp tickets this morning’

Morning Muse: Another Look at Nick Foles’ Amazing Season


To ease the pain of your Monday morning, here’s a look at some the best Philadelphia Eagles headlines from the weekend.

Need a reminder of how stellar Nick Foles’ 2013 campaign was? Check out this breakdown of his numbers from last season. – Birds 24/7

Chip Kelly’s offense was the talk of the NFL the year of its debut. But what should we expect from the defense this year? –

Do the Birds have the kicker they need in Alex Henery or his competition, Carey Spear, or will they need to seek other help late in the summer? – CSNPhilly

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Philadelphia Eagles training camp to feature open practice at Franklin Field



In exactly one month, Philadelphia Eagles training camp will be underway in South Philadelphia. The team announced its schedule on Wednesday, which this year will include three open practices.

Camp will begin on Friday, July 25 at the NovaCare Complex. Two open practices–on Monday, July 28 and Sunday, August 3–will be held at Lincoln Financial Field. In addition, the Birds will hold another open practice at Franklin Field on Sunday, August 10.  Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles training camp to feature open practice at Franklin Field’

Morning Muse: Nick Foles’ bold prediction on Jeremy Maclin


Philadelphia Eagles minicamp got underway at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday and will run through Thursday. It will be the last time that the team will be together as a whole until training camp begins in late July. All signs that slowly but surely, we are marching towards the start of the NFL season.

Geoff Mosher has 10 observations from minicamp, including the fact that everyone showed up, as well as a bold prediction from Nick Foles on returning wideout Jeremy Maclin. – CSNPhilly

QB Nick Foles talks about his receiving corps and expands on that prediction on Maclin–is he better now than he was before his injury? ”Gut feeling, I think he’s better.” – Birds 24/7 Continue reading ‘Morning Muse: Nick Foles’ bold prediction on Jeremy Maclin’