Dion Jordan Reinstated by NFL: Latest Comments and Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

DAVIE, FL - JULY 27:  Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan #95 practices during Miami Dolphins training camp on July 27, 2013 in Davie, Florida.   (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
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After missing the entire 2015 season due to a suspension, Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan was reinstated by the NFL on Friday.

The NFL released the following statement regarding Jordan's status, per former Dolphins Radio Network broadcaster Greg Likens:

Greg Likens @GregLikens

Here's the full statement from the #NFL on Dion Jordan's reinstatement https://t.co/dGuRMe55qb

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was the first to report the news, and ESPN's Adam Schefter later provided confirmation.

Rapoport also tweeted the following regarding the conditions of Jordan's return, while ProFootballTalk provided more insight on Sunday:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Dion Jordan's reinstatement is conditional, I'm told. He'll be in counseling and will be reevaluated before the start of the season.

ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

Per source, Dolphins will be placing Dion Jordan on the non-football injury list due to a knee problem. He will not earn $1.7M roster bonus.

Jordan missed all of 2015 due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, and he was previously suspended four games in 2014 after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The Dolphins traded up to the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft to select Jordan out of Oregon, but he has been a massive disappointment thus far.

In 26 career games before last season's suspension, Jordan registered just 46 tackles and three sacks, and he earned only one start.

While Jordan has been a bust thus far, his potential return figures to be a welcome addition for a Dolphins team that has experienced plenty of turnover this offseason from a pass-rushing perspective.

Olivier Vernon is no longer in the fold after signing with the New York Giants, while Mario Williams was brought in after the AFC East rival Buffalo Bills cut him.

Veteran Cameron Wake is back; however, he missed nine games in 2015 due to an Achilles injury, and it is unclear how easily he'll bounce back at 34 years of age.

Jordan hasn't even scratched the surface of his potential, and he is just entering his prime at 26.

Coming in and producing right away after missing an entire year may be unrealistic, but the Dolphins can afford to ease him in, assuming Williams and Wake are both healthy to start the 2016 regular season.

Jordan is a pure pass-rusher, and if head coach Adam Gase allows him to play in 3rd-and-long situations and focus solely on getting to the quarterback, then he could finally become a useful commodity for the Dolphins.


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