NFL Notes: Lane Johnson, Jaguars, Jets & Packers

Lane Johnson

Lane Johnson’s agent, Ken Sarnoff, has taken issue with the fact that news regarding his client’s possible suspension leaked to the media.

“The NFLPA is paid to represent the players and put their rights and interests first,” Sarnoff said, via Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal. “I expect the NFLPA to do what Lane and every other NFL player pays it to do. That said, I am very concerned about any leak of a player’s protected health information. The NFLPA should be troubled by this as well and I trust that it will take all appropriate steps to determine the cause of any leak and remediate this issue immediately.

NFLPA has released a statement regarding Johnson’s claims, saying that his accusations are wrong that the union isn’t helping their members.

We always stand up for the rights of our players,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said. “Mr. Johnson’s statements are factually inaccurate and we have been in touch with both Lane and his agent, who now understand the facts. The NFLPA does not approve any supplements or substances.

“We constantly remind all players that even if a supplement is ‘checked green’ the supplement provider may not list certain ingredients therein that a player can test positive for. For several years, the NFLPA has provided a free service to every NFL player who wishes to have us test a supplement they send to us and this service was offered to Lane.”



Jets HC Todd Bowles made it clear that Geno Smith isn’t competing with Bryce Petty for the backup quarterback job.

“Geno is No. 2 right now. He ain’t making no competition after one preseason game,” Bowles said Saturday. “Geno is No. 2, (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is No. 1, Bryce (Petty) is three and (Christian) Hackenberg in four.


  • Tom Silverstein mentions that the hand injury sustained by Packers WR Jeff Janis could lead to the team placing him on injured reserve at the start of the season. According to
  • Silverstein, it’s possible the Packers could use their designation to return on Janis, but it wouldn’t be a guarantee.
  • Should Janis, in fact, open the year on I.R., Silverstein mentions that this would open the door for the Packers to keep six receivers — Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jared Abbrederis and rookie Trevor Davis — on their 53-man roster.
  • Beyond that, it also gives undrafted rookie Geronimo Allison a better opportunity to possible for a potential spot.

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