4:02pm: Salguero confirms (via Twitter) that Jordan’s new suspension is the result of a separate positive test.
3:54pm: As part of the league’s changes to its drug policy, Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan had his previous four-game suspension for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances lifted, reports Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald (via Twitter). However, according to Beasley (via Twitter), Jordan has received a new four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.
It’s not clear whether Jordan’s new suspension is a result of the same violation for which he was initially penalized, or if it’s the result of a separate infraction — I would assume the latter though, since the NFL has been willing to retroactively wipe out a number of suspensions that were handed out under the old policy. The league’s new policy on substance abuse calls for a four-game ban for a fourth violation. If Jordan were to fail another test, the penalty would be a 10-game suspension.
“I am currently undergoing treatment to address my situation,” Jordan said in a statement, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “I am working hard to become a better man and to make better choices in the future. I am especially looking forward to returning to the team. I also want to thank my family, Coach [Joe] Philbin and the Miami Dolphins organization for their support.”
Per Salguero, Dolphins aren’t happy about the new suspension for Jordan, which will allow him to return to the team a month from tomorrow. However, the club indicated in a statement of its own that it will “continue to support and work with [Jordan] as he takes advantage of all available resources during this time.”