DAVIE (CBSMiami/AP) — Life surely hasn’t gone the way Dion Jordan envisioned when he was a top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Jordan apologized to the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, one day after his suspension for the 2015 season was announced for another violation of the NFL’s drug policy.
Jordan released a statement through the NFL Players Association, saying he deeply regrets “putting myself in this position.”
The statement confirmed Jordan’s one-year suspension was triggered by a third violation of the league’s drug policy, and that his misstep was having one of his tests show an improper level of dilution.
“Because of past positive tests and my status in the drug program, the consequence of dilute (not positive) tests is severe,” Jordan wrote.
Jordan was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for his initial violation, then had two more games tacked onto that after another violation was subsequently found. Now it’s possible that his time with Miami is over.
“I apologize to my teammates and the Dolphins organization,” Jordan wrote.
The Dolphins, in their only public comment since the suspension was announced, said they have made “every effort to support” Jordan and will continue doing so to whatever extent NFL rules allow.
The third pick in the 2013 draft has started just one game for the Dolphins, appearing in 25 others as a reserve. He has 46 tackles and three sacks in his two seasons, nowhere near the level Miami envisioned when it traded the No. 12 and No. 42 overall picks to select him two years ago.
He said he will spend the time away from football finishing his degree. Jordan was at Oregon before entering the NFL draft a year early, though his statement did not specify where he plans on enrolling.
“I will stay in excellent physical shape and look forward to returning to the NFL as soon as possible,” Jordan wrote. “I’m deeply grateful to my family and friends for their continued support.”
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