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Eagles RT Lane Johnson wore a blonde wig, says it was 'badass'

Eagles RT Lane Johnson wore a blonde wig, says it was 'badass'

Who knew Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson would look so good as a blonde.

Johnson showed up to practice on Friday sporting a new hair-do, which was odd, seeing as he didn't have any hair at all the previous day. Needless to say, everybody at the NovaCare Complex was shocked to learn that was actually a long, blonde wig under Johnson's helmet, and not a gorgeous set of golden flowing locks he grew overnight.

"I knew it would pop out because there's nothing blonde about me," Johnson said. "There were choices -- black, brown and blonde, so I chose the blonde wig."

Johnson added he was going for an "Amazon" look, but Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland was not a fan. The wig was discarded early in practice and not seen again for the rest of the day.

"I thought it made me look more like a badass, but I guess coach didn't like it," Johnson said.

"I could've left it on, but he said it was distracting him a little bit, so I took it off. Plus, it was itching a little bit."

While it was only the second day of full-team practices at Eagles training camp, Johnson felt the team could use a morale boost.

"I just want to have a little fun," Johnson said. "It's training camp. Everybody thinks it's going to be hard, tough, and everybody's dreading it, so I tried to create a few laughs."

Though Johnson seemed to have a solid reason for the gag, he was quick to throw Eagles center Jason Kelce under the bus when asked how he arrived at the decision to wear the wig.

"I just thought about doing it, and I asked Kelce what he thought of it, and he suggested I do it," Johnson said.

Kelce laughed, then offered a slightly differing account of events, denying any responsibility for Johnson's decision.

"My involvement was just laughing hysterically at it," Kelce said. "He had it on and he said he was going to wear it out to practice, and we all just started laughing. Then we actually saw him out here with it on. We wanted him to keep it on all practice."

Kelce added, "That's just Lane Johnson being Lane Johnson."

With training camps opening all across the NFL, the intensity certainly ramps up this time of year. Of course, camps aren't what they used to be, with less hitting, shorter practices and no two-a-days, so veteran players often have a lot more leeway to act silly and create some levity.

"It's such a serious game, and sometimes you lose the human aspect of it, so you come out here and realize these are some of your best friends, and let's have a little fun while we're playing," Johnson said.

Johnson's teammates seemed to appreciate that attitude -- perhaps this time of year more than any other.

"It's the little things in camp," Kelce said. "Guys doing stuff like that kind of breaks up the monotony, allows guys to have fun, lightens the mood.

"At the end of the day, we're still here working hard, but little things like that make it even more fun."

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are click bait

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are click bait

The NFL Referees Association responded to criticisms of Pete Morelli and his officiating crew, and in doing so, suggested Eagles fans and impartial members of the media have no idea what they are talking about.

Morelli has come under fire over the seemingly lopsided officiating during the Eagles' 28-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards in the contest, while the Panthers drew only one flag for one yard, despite the appearance of committing many of the same infractions.

Since that game, a change.org petition moving to ban Morelli from working Eagles games in the future is approaching its goal of 75,000 signatures. Research also shows Morelli's crew has been calling penalties against the Eagles in disproportionate numbers for awhile now. In the last four games with Morelli, the Eagles were flagged 40 times for 396 yards, compared to just eight penalties for 74 yards against opponents.

Almost everybody seemed to be in agreement that the officiating was at the very least poor in the Eagles-Panthers game, if not biased. Everybody, that is, except NFLRA executive director Scott Green, who released a statement on Thursday.

Via ProFootballTalk:

“Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating,” Green said. “NFL officials are graded on every call made in every game. Missing a single one can hurt his or her ranking and may be the difference between working in the postseason or not. These recent attempts to sensationalize statistics and create click-bait headlines lack important context. Without the proper perspective, the information being pushed is completely misguided. The passion of NFL fans and teams are a big part of what makes the game so great. However, it’s no excuse for the irresponsible and baseless claims we’ve seen lately. NFL officials are committed to upholding the integrity of the game and do so every week.”

Lack of knowledge. Completely misguided. Irresponsible and baseless. You would expect the NFLRA to come to the defense of Morelli -- it's literally their job -- but insulting the consumers' intelligence along the way probably isn't the best way to go about it.

Is there anything sinister about Morelli's and his crew's officiating? Maybe not, but it doesn't take somebody who's gone through the NFL's (presumably) rigorous Officiating Development Program to watch two nearly identical plays called differently for two different teams within three hours of each other. Innocent mistakes or not, that's what appeared to happen on multiple occasions throughout the Eagles-Panthers game.

Instead of releasing overly defensive statements, perhaps the NFLRA should show video evidence why the calls against the Eagles were correct, and the eerily similar non-calls that went in the Panthers' favor were not. Because this responding to criticism with more criticism isn't changing any minds.

A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

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A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

Jake Elliott has been a revelation for the Philadelphia Eagles after Caleb Sturgis went down with an injury early in the season.

But has he been too good...

The rook has made 12 of his 14 attempts for the Birds this season.

If you're looking for a good laugh today, go check out this reddit thread that starts with a photo from Elliott's Instagram story in which he points out he got flagged for his third drug test in two weeks!

The comment section is as good as a Jake Elliott 61 yarder.

"Well, he does bleed green...," abenyishay says..

"Is kickers doping really a thing?" ChaosFinalForm wonders, as do we.

What do you think? Just the way the random drug draw fell the last few weeks, or does the NFL think Jake Elliott is into something?