DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has been reinstated by the NFL on a conditional basis after sitting out last season for his latest violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Jordan on Friday, when the Dolphins held their first training camp practice.
Jordan may join the Dolphins & participate in meetings & conditioning work, the league said. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Jordan's clinical resources, he will be permitted to take part in all preseason activities, including practices & games.
p>Before the start of the regular season, Jordan will meet with the league. Based on his compliance with his recovery program, he will be permitted to participate in all regular season activities beginning in Week 1. He will be evaluated after in the season for full reinstatement.
Jordan applied in May to return. The overall No. 3 selection in the 2013 draft, Jordan has contributed little so far in his career. He's coming back from his second suspension under the NFL substance abuse policy.
Jordan has played in only 26 games with one start, totaling 46 tackles & three sacks. The Miami group that drafted Jordan is gone, & he returns to a new coaching staff led by head coach Adam Gase.
FILE – In this June 2, 2014, file photo, Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) is shown duri …
Jordan excelled as a pass rusher at Oregon, yet his lack of productivity with the Dolphins has raised questions approximately his best position, & they might consider moving him to linebacker. They're deep at defensive end with newcomers Mario Williams, Jason Jones & Andre Branch, & with Cameron Wake returning from Achilles tendon surgery.
Jordan's first suspension was for the first four games in 2014, & two more games were subsequently added for an additional violation. His most recent suspension began in April 2015, & after that he didn't fail or miss any drug tests while undergoing them weekly, his agent said in May.
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