The Miami Dolphins announced Thursday that DE Dion Jordan has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing substance policy.
DE Dion Jordan has been suspended without pay for the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) July 3, 2014
Dion Jordan has since released a statement regarding his suspension:
“I recently learned from the NFL that I tested positive for stimulants that are banned under the NFL policy. I worked carefully with my advisors and the union to investigate the test results, and I take full responsibility for the test results. I’m very sorry for the impact of this situation on my teammates, coaches, Stephen Ross, the entire Dolphins organization, fans and my family as well. I will continue to work extremely hard during training camp and preseason. During the suspension, I will stay in top shape and will be ready to contribute upon my return.”
Dolphins HC Joe Philbin:
“We were disappointed to learn about Dion’s suspension. Dion has accepted responsibility for his actions and is committed to improving, both on and off the field, in preparation for the upcoming year.”
The Dolphins have said that they are expecting a big jump from Jordan in his second season in the league, but this is hardly the type of news they were hoping for.
Interestingly enough, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald observed a few months ago that Jordan looked “like he took an air pump to his arms and shoulders.”
“I was definitely too light to go out there against some of those offensive tackles,” Jordan said back in May. “…This year I had the opportunity to have an offseason where I can take care of my body. I’m trying to move forward and continue to try to better myself in a few areas.”
Jordan is battling for playing time, despite the fact that Miami traded up to No. 3 overall for him last year. As things stand right now, the Dolphins are likely to start Cameron Wake and Oliver Vernon at defensive in their base sets with Jordan being worked in as a rotational player.
Jordan, 24, still has three years remaining on his four-year, $20.572 million contract. He played just 339 snaps for the Dolphins last season, according to Pro Football Focus and totaled 26 tackles and two sacks over the course of 16 games.