Dolphins’ Dion Jordan Suspended For PEDs
By Allen Kim
The NFL announced that Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 NFL season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.
“Dion Jordan of the Miami Dolphins has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances," the NFL said in a statement. "Jordan will be eligible to return to the Dolphins’ active roster on Monday, September 29 following the team’s September 28 game against the Oakland Raiders. Jordan is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.”
Jordan won’t play until Week 6, as the Dolphins have a Week 5 bye. He’ll be missing games against the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. However, he’ll be returning in time to square off in a difficult test against the Green Bay Packers.
“We were disappointed to learn about Dion’s suspension,” head coach Joe Philbin said. “Dion has accepted responsibility for his actions and is committed to improving, both on and off the field, in preparation for the upcoming year.”
Jordan disappointed in his rookie season, only recording 26 tackles and two sacks. But he’ll still be missed on defense, as he was expected to play a larger role in his second year, providing some depth as a pass-rushing specialist behind starters Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon.
“I recently learned from the NFL that I tested positive for stimulants that are banned under the NFL policy,” Jordan said. “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.”