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Dolphins pass rusher Dion Jordan suspended four games for performance-enhancing drugs

Eric Edholm
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Nov 24, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) reacts after sacking Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Miami Dolphins were counting on a lot more from Dion Jordan in Year 2, but he'll have less of a chance to prove himself.

Jordan was suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances, the NFL announced Thursday. He will be eligible to return to the Dolphins’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 29 following the team’s Sept. 28 game against the Oakland Raiders. Jordan is eligible to participate in all of the team's offseason and preseason practices and games.

“We were disappointed to learn about Dion’s suspension," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said in a statement. "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's rookie season was a disappointment considering the Dolphins traded up to the No. 3 pick to land him. He had only two sacks following shoulder surgery last February and really failed to land a defined role.

His name was mentioned in trade talks this offseason, but little came of it. But recently, there was talk that Jordan was healthier and looked bigger — go figure — in his attempt to revive his career. Jordan takes full responsibility for the substances in which he tested positive.

“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.”

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