The talk surrounding Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan this offseason was mostly related to his adding bulk onto his long frame.
Unfortunately, the second-year player will be suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for testing positive for performance enhancing substances.
“I recently learned from the NFL that I tested positive for stimulants that are banned under the NFL policy,” Jordan said in a team-released statement on Thursday. “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.”
Jordan, who will be eligible to return to the active roster in Week 5 following the team’s game against the Raiders, was figured to be a complementary pass-rush option alongside Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon.
“We were disappointed to learn about Dion’s suspension,” head coach Joe Philbin said in a team-released 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.”
After undergoing shoulder surgery, Jordan had a rocky rookie season in 2013 and rumors surfaced in March about him being a potential trade option for the Dolphins.