Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Miami Dolphins are struck with a major blow after starting safety Reshad Jones was slapped with a 4-game suspension, for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Jones won’t play until October 12 against the Green Bay Packers.
The 26-year-old is a steady contributor to the Dolphins’ secondary unit.
He ranked second on the team with 107 tackles and had one interception last season.
Defensive end Dion Jordan was also recently sanctioned a 4-game ban for the same reason.
Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin was disappointed with the suspension but said the safety pledged to learn from the event, according to ESPN.
Philbin said the secondary is playing solidly in the preseason with Jones, who apologized through a statement released by the Dolphins and NFLPA Friday.
“I deeply regret not investigating the supplement carefully before I took it, and I will never again take a supplement without having it checked,” Jones said.
He also apologized for the incident’s effect on his teammates and the Dolphins’ coaching staff.
“I am very sorry for the effect of my mistake on my teammates and coaches.”
Jones also sent a message to the organization and fans, promising he would work with the team.
“During the time away from the team, I will participate in an intense training program so that I can help my team as soon as I return.”
The Dolphins are also likely to miss center Mike Pouncey due to hip woes.