The Dolphins just can't catch a break. Defensive end Dion Jordan, the Fins' first round pick in 2013, has been suspended for the first four games of next season without pay after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
Jordan had noticeably bulked up this offseason, catching some attention from the press. The Herald's Armando Salguero's raving about his weight game seems ironic in hindsight.
"Dion Jordan, the Dolphins first round draft pick, looked as if he took an air pump and plugged it into his arms and shoulders this offseason," he wrote. "That's how big he looks."
As it turns out it was not air he was pumping into his body, but rather banned stimulants.
"I recently learned from the NFL that I tested positive for stimulants that are banned under the NFL policy," said Jordan in a statement. "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."
"We were disappointed to learn about Dion's suspension," Dolphins 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."
The Dolphins aggressively traded up to nab Jordan with the number three pick in the draft, and traded away their second round pick in the process. It was the last draft during which former GM Jeff Ireland was calling the shots. His legacy continues to get worse, somehow.
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He'll be eligible to play again in the team's first game in October.
Jordan spent his first season as a back-up, and only recorded two sacks.