Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL's PEDs policy, the Dolphins announced Thursday.
In a statement released by the team, Jordan said he tested positive for stimulants that are banned by the league and that he takes full responsibility for the violation.
The rest of his statement:
"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.”
It's a discouraging development for Jordan, who was looking to rebound from a disappointing rookie season. After the Dolphins chose Jordan with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, despite him undergoing shoulder surgery in February, the Oregon product went on to record just 26 tackles and two sacks in 2013.
Jordan reportedly had bulked up to 265 pounds, an increase of 17 pounds from the year before, by the time OTAs started in May and said the added weight would be a big help in his second season. His suspension, though, represents another setback in Jordan's development.
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