Ex-Seahawks DE Dion Jordan Faces 10-Game Suspension for Drug Policy Violation

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2019

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Dion Jordan (95) and linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) line up against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC wild-card NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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Free-agent defensive end Dion Jordan will serve a 10-game suspension after his appeal of a failed drug test was denied.

Jordan told Tom Pelissero of NFL.com that he tested positive for Adderall. The NFL previously approved Jordan's use of the drug for attention deficit disorder, but his therapeutic use exemption expired. 

Jordan said Tuesday:

"I made a mistake. I feel like the person that I am, I'm ready to move forward, I've been ready to move forward, with this specific issue. I've been working really hard with myself outside of football, and I can see the progress as a young man, as Dion Jordan, I can see it.

"My whole lifestyle—it's been a 180-degree change. I f--ked up, man. I can't fix this s--t. It is what it is. But I know what I can't do and what not to do compared to the mistakes I've made in the past."

Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, has had his career derailed by failed drug tests and lackadaisical on-field performances. The Oregon product was suspended for six games in the 2014 season and missed the entire 2015 campaign due to violations of the league's drug policy.

The Miami Dolphins also did not play him during the 2016 season despite his reinstatement. He spent the last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks but struggled with knee injuries. The 6'6", 284-pounder recorded 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2018.

Jordan said he knew his exception expired but took Adderall during a time of intense personal strife.

"I thought it was going to help me dial in—for the moment, for the day, whatever," Jordan said. "That was my intentions behind what I was doing. It was a bit much at the time. I'm not saying that it was the right thing. But for myself, it was just what I went to."