The fun is over, the punishment now begins. Can defensive end Dion Jordan still fit into the team’s plans following his four game suspension by the NFL? Jordan was suspended for the first four games of the regular season, but was allowed to practice and participate in the team’s four preseason contests.
The Dolphins defeated the Rams on Thursday night, 14-13, closing out the preseason and starting the former Oregon star’s time on the sidelines.
Jordan tested positive for a banned substance this summer. Friday marks the official start of his suspension, and Jordan must stay away from the team and the facility for the next four games.
The 2013 No. 3 overall pick had two tackles and a quarterback pressure in Miami’s preseason finale and showed flashes of what the Dolphins are missing. Jordan will miss games against the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders.
"I mean, it’s really tough," Jordan said. "Missing out on all the work that I put in leading up to this point. My guys are heading into the season with a big game and I’m not going to be able to be there. I mean, it’s unfortunate but at the same time, I mean, I understand the situation I’m in and I got to deal with the consequences."
Jordan came to camp in great shape and injury-free following a rookie season that was anything other than disappointing.
Jordan showed growth in some areas in training camp and the preseason. But the second-year defensive end still must refine his game to be an every-down defensive lineman. The suspension loomed over Jordan for weeks, but to his credit he didn’t go into the tank and had a productive summer.
"I understood going into these first four games what the deal was," Jordan said. "I had to make these snaps count at game time and at practice. I then had to make sure I rose my level of play. So when I do step away, I mean, I at least put something in."
In addition to Jordan, starting safety Reshad Jones also is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.