Report: Lane Johnson Files Unfair Labor Practice Charges Against NFL, NFLPA

Lane Johnson has been out of sight, out of mind since his 10-game PED suspension was upheld by an arbitrator on Oct. 11, but he apparently remains unhappy with how the process played out.

Johnson has filed charges of unfair labor practice against the NFL and his own union, the NFL players' association, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB.

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Additionally, Johnson filed a complaint against the NFLPA with the Department of Labor under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

A description of the Reporting and Disclosure Act can be found here on the Department of Labor's website. 

Johnson's tested positive for a peptide found in an amino acid he bought online. This was Johnson's second positive PED test — he was suspended four games in 2014 — so the penalty was 10 games. If he fails another test, the ban would be two years.

Johnson is not allowed inside the NovaCare Complex during his suspension. He is eligible to return to the Eagles for only the final two games in Weeks 16 and 17 at home against the Giants and Cowboys.

Johnson, who was suspended for four games in 2014, was vague about the specific nature of his appeal and what part of the league’s testing procedures he was challenging.

He has said he believes he was suspended for taking a supplement that is allowed by the NFL but was tainted by the manufacturer to include peptides, which are banned and were not listed on the label.

“It was eight hours of bickering back and forth and discussing league policy,” Johnson said after his appeal hearing. “It just felt good going in there and taking it head on. It was mainly just a conversation on the policy (the NFL has) in place. It didn’t have to do with any substances, mainly just changing the testing procedures.”

“We didn’t have anything to hide. I feel like we did all we could. There wasn’t a stone left unturned.

“Man, the thing was, just face it head on. We weren’t going to be intimidated by the NFL.”

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