Friday, August 8, 2014

Phins' Jones gets four-game ban for positive PED test


Already down one player due to a positive test for performance enhancers, the Miami Dolphins found out Friday that yet another defensive playmaker will be joining Dion Jordan on the sidelines for the first four weeks of the season.

Reshad Jones, a five-year starter in the team’s secondary, announced in a statement Friday that a supplement he was taking triggered a positive test, with the league subsequently handing down a suspension from regular-season play until Oct. 12.

"I worked closely with the union to investigate what happened, and I learned that a supplement I took caused the positive test," the safety said via the Sun-Sentinel. "I deeply regret not investigating the supplement carefully before I took it, and I will never again take a supplement without having it checked."

Both he and Jordan are ineligible for return to the team until the team's bye week, which follows a trip to London for a match-up with the Oakland Raiders. He is, however, allowed to play in Friday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons, and he can participate in the remainder of training camp and the team's three other preseason games.

Jones amassed 107 combined tackles and an interception for a touchdown for Miami last season, and he's currently at the top of the team's depth chart at strong safety. Expect sophomore Michael Thomas and fourth-year defensive back Jimmy Wilson to see a significant amount of work in Friday's night game and in the coming weeks.

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