Dolphins safety Reshad Jones will be suspended for the first four games of the season, and at this point the Miami Dolphins have to be wondering what ladder they walked under to provoke all this bad news.
Not much has gone terribly right for the Dolphins lately. The bullying scandal with Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin takes the top prize. Center Mike Pouncey had hip surgery and could miss most or all of the first half of the season. Running back Knowshon Moreno, a key free agent acquisition, was out of shape this offseason, had knee surgery and only came off the physically unable to perform list this week. Defensive end Dion Jordan, the third pick of the 2013 draft, was suspended four games for violating the league's PED policy. And that's the same reason Jones was suspended.
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Jones is one of the Dolphins' best defenders. Last season he had 107 tackles. Two years ago he had nine passes defensed and four interceptions, although he took a bit of a step back in coverage last season. Still, he's one of the NFL's better safeties, but he won't be helping the Dolphins for the first quarter of this season. He put out a statement through the NFLPA blaming a supplement for the positive test.
"I recently learned from the NFL that I tested positive for substance that is banned under the NFL performance enhancing substances policy. I worked closely with the union to investigate what happened, and I learned that a supplement I took caused the positive test. I deeply regret not investigating the supplement carefully before I took it, and I will never again take a supplement without having it checked. I am very sorry for the effect of my mistake on my teammates and coaches. I apologize to them, the Dolphins organization, and fans. During the time away from the team, I will participate in an intense training program so that I can help my team as soon as I return."
It isn't the best news for the Dolphins. But, they should be used to bad news by now.
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