Doug Pederson says he expects Lane Johnson to be available for the Eagles season opener. Last week it was reported that Johnson, who is expected to be suspended for 10 games for his second PED violation, would be available. Pederson's comments now confirm that the team does not expect him to be suspended between now and the season opener on September 11th against the Browns.
Coach Pederson: Until I hear something further, Lane Johnson is our right tackle. Allen Barbre will play left guard.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 5, 2016
While expected, this is good news in the wake of the trading of Sam Bradford to the Vikings and Pederson naming Carson Wentz as the starting QB. Johnson will give the Eagles a full strength offensive line for the beginning of the Carson Wentz era, and allow the team to continue to develop and practice a replacement plan for if and when Johnson is suspended.
At the end of the preseason Allen Barbre moved from left guard to right tackle to replace Johnson, and Isaac Semualo and Stefen Wisniewski took turns at left guard. The Eagles also have tackles Matt Tobin and Halapoulivaati Vaitai on the roster.