Lane Johnson's appeal set for Eagles' bye week

Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has a date for his appeal.

The Pro Bowler is contesting a 10-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and will be heard sometime during the team's Week 4 bye, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday. The news was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Johnson can play while he's appealing -- the Eagles take on the Steelers on Sunday -- but would be gone until December if the league finds him guilty. Johnson was previously suspended four games back in 2014 for what he said was an incident where he "mistakenly and foolishly" ingested a banned prescription drug.

Should the Eagles beat the Steelers, this decision has major consequences for the team moving forward. A team riding this high and while starting a rookie quarterback cannot afford to lose their best offensive lineman -- especially when the backup choices aren't nearly as enticing.

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