Miami traded up to the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft to select Dion Jordan. In his first year in the NFL Jordan did not start and only saw a small portion of snaps. Coming into this year, Miami’s coaching staff and Jordan were excited about the progress Dion made during the offseason and were expecting an improved performance.
The Dolphins announced on Thursday Jordan had been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season.
Jordan violated the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Specifically Jordan acknowledges in a statement: “I tested positive for stimulants that are banned under the NFL policy. I worked carefully with my advisors and the union to investigate the test results, and I take full responsibility for the test results.”
Stimulants, like Adderall or Ritalin, can artificially help players “zone-in” to the game and are banned under the leagues performance enhancing drug policy.
"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."
Dion’s claims about the violation being stimulant related have not been confirmed by the league. The violation is characterized as a breach of their performance enhancing drug policy, which encompasses a wide array of artificial aids.
Miami Herald sports journalist Armando Salguero reported in OTAs that Dion “looked as if he took an air pump and plugged it into his arms and shoulders this offseason. That's how big he looks.” These observations suggest, now, he may have used a muscle growth aid a property not found in the listed banned stimulants.
Dion Jordan’s first game of the 2014 NFL regular season will not start until week six versus the Green Bay Packers, as Jordan’s suspension leads into a week five bye for the Dolphins.