Dion Jordan has been handed a four-game suspension by the NFL for what Jordan claimed was the use of banned stimulants.
Jordan has said that the ban does not extend from the use of steroids or other banned substances aimed at aiding players to build their bodies.
Jordan released a statement via the Miami Dolphins to put some context to the difficult situation, he said: "“I recently learned from the NFL that I tested positive for stimulants that are banned under the NFL policy."
He continued: ""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.”
The Dolphins defensive end was the number three overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft but Miami will be without one of their key defensive stars for the first four games of the upcoming season.
Recently former Defensive end of the Dolphins Jason Taylor raved about the talent level Jordan possesses, twice calling Jordan a "Sponge" in his complimentary reviews of the player.
Jordan's recent suspension comes off the back of rumours surrounding the player possibly being traded away from the Dolphins, after a disappointing rookie campaign, Miami began gauging interest around the league in the defensive end.
Unfortunately for the franchise, Jordan's inflated guaranteed rookie salary of $20.5 million over four years may have scared off any possible suitors.
Jordan had gained an impressive 15lbs of muscle over the off-season meaning the defensive end had bulked up to 265 pounds, he had admitted that: "I was definitely too light to go out there against some of those offensive tackles."
Talk coming out of Miami expressed a view that Jordan was in fact playing a lot faster than last year due to him doing "less thinking".
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin also spoke to the media about the suspension: "We were disappointed to learn about Dion's suspension, 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 will be allowed to participate in off-season and pre-season practices and games, he will be eligible to return to the Dolphins roster on the 29th of September.