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Reshad Jones suspension complete; Dolphins have to make roster move

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Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones was suspended the first four games of the 2014 season. WIth yesterday's game against the Oakland Raiders complete, those four games are complete and Jones will be able to return to the team. Miami will have to make a roster move to activate Jones.

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The Miami Dolphins secondary yesterday picked up some much needed momentum for the first time in 2014 when cornerback Brent Grimes and safeties Jimmy Wilson and Walt Aikens each recorded an interception, the first three of the year for the club. Add to that a fumble recovery and 50-yard return for a touchdown from cornerback Cortland Finnegan, and the Dolphins secondary rolled during the team's 38-14 win over the Oakland Raiders in London.

Monday, they should pick up even more momentum. Starting safety Reshad Jones has completed his four game suspension and can return to the team this week. Jones, who was suspended for use of a performance enhancing drug (a suspension that likely changed to a positive test for a "recreational" drug under the new testing policy), started all 32 games the last two seasons for Miami, with 12 starts in 2011 and 2 starts, 15 games played, in his rookie year. He recorded one interception, returned for a touchdow, with four passes defensed, and 107 tackles last year. He has seven career picks.

For Jones to be cleared to return to the Dolphins' roster, the team will have to make a corresponding roster move, releasing or waiving someone.

The Dolphins are entering their bye week, giving them two weeks to check Jones' health and conditioning levels before they re-insert him into the starting lineup against the Green Bay Packers. If Jones is able to return to game play right away, he should team with Louis Delmas as the team's two safeties, moving Wilson, who has been starting at safety, back to the nickel cornerback position he played last year.

No official word of Jones' return has been made yet, but it should come sometime this week.