Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended four games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, the NFL announced Thursday.
Jordan will be eligible to return on Monday, Sept. 29, one day after the Dolphins’ Week 4 game against the Oakland Raiders. Jordan also will miss games against the division rival New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, as well as a Week 3 meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I take full responsibility for the test results,” Jordan said in a statement released by the Dolphins. “I’m very sorry for the impact of this situation on my teammates, coaches, (owner) 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.”
Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, is coming off a productive rookie season. The University of Oregon product played in all 16 games and recorded two sacks, two pass deflections and 19 solo tackles.
The news of Jordan’s suspension comes just two days after another young defensive star, Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, tore his ACL. Alonso, also an Oregon alum, had 159 tackles and four interceptions last season. He won the PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year for his efforts.