With just about two months to go until the beginning of the NFL regular season, the Miami Dolphins, in particular the defensive side of the ball, have been dealt a crushing blow with the announcement that second-year defensive end Dion Jordan will be suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
#Dolphins DE Dion Jordan has been suspended 4 games for violating the league’s PED policy, team announces. 1st rounder from 2013
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 3, 2014
Jordan, the no. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Dolphins, is getting set for what many hoped would be a breakout second season after a so-so performance in his first one.
The speedster out of Oregon had a lot of people questioning whether or not he could translate to the next level, and some would say that he left a lot to be desired after his first year on the field.
He saw action in all 16 games for the Dolphins in 2013, registering just 26 tackles with two sacks. Not completely terrible by any means, however to help this Miami team take the next step toward winning the AFC East, his production would have to pick up significantly, beginning this year.
That can still happen, although he’ll now have to start that process in the fifth game of the season, rather than the first because of this violation.