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Dion Jordan will not be owed $1.7 million roster bonus (Update: maybe)

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According to a report on Tuesday from the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly, the Miami Dolphins will not owe suspended defensive end Dion Jordan his $1.7 million roster bonus on the fifth day of training camp. The bonus was expected to still be due, if the league reinstates Jordan this week, but, according to Kelly's report, Jordan's contract voids the bonus because of his violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

(Side note: I feel dumb. I originally said Jordan was not due this bonus for this exact reason, but was told that I was wrong, so I updated my stories. Now, I was right. Should have stuck to my original thoughts on the situation. Live and learn...)

Jordan is eligible for reinstatement whenever the NFL decides to make a ruling on his application. He was suspended in April 2015 for one year after providing a diluted sample for a drug test. Jordan has said he provided the diluted sample for fear he would show positive for alcohol.

If Jordan is reinstated, the Dolphins will only owe him his base $585,000 base salary. Jordan's contract tolled when he was suspended for the 2015 season, meaning the Dolphins have him under contract through the 2017 season, with a team option for 2018.

Update: The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley is refuting the report from Omar Kelly: