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Well, let's start with the bad news: how Dion Jordan will make me look like an idiot in the first four games of the season.
Not exactly, I can do that myself, but Jordan will be suspended for the first four games of the season for using a banned stimulant, per James Walker of ESPN.com.
Jordan will still be allowed to participate in training camp and in preseason games, but for the first four games of the season, he not only won't be able to play, but he will also not be allowed on the premises in Davie or at Sun Life Stadium.
For the Dolphins, this takes out a player who was to be a major component of their defense, as Jordan was set to be part of a speed rush package that also included Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake.
This also eliminates any competition between him and Vernon, a competition that Jordan likely would've lost out on due to Vernon's stellar 2013 season.
While the suspension is bad, let's not make it out to be worse than it is. Jordan will be back for Miami's Week 6 contest against the Green Bay Packers (Miami has a bye in Week 5), with plenty of season left to play.
An even better sign: Jordan stepped up and took responsibility, issuing this statement in the Dolphins' press release, per the team's official website, announcing the suspension:
I recently learned from the NFL that 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.
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.
Considering how many pro athletes are quick to deny any wrongdoing, no matter how guilty they may be found to be, this was a breath of fresh air.
This also doesn't change my opinion on what type of season he will have. Jordan will still have 12 games in 2014, and I wouldn't rule him out when it comes to making a big impact in those games. The Dolphins defense will still be fun to watch.