Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan is back with the team Saturday after being reinstated by the NFL on Friday, ending a 15-month suspension for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Jordan was suspended indefinitely in April 2015, with the ability to apply for reinstatement after one year. He delayed his application until June, with the league taking nearly their entire 60-day allowance to make a decision.
The reinstatement is conditional, with full reinstatement only possible during the season.
Head coach Adam Gase confirmed Jordan is back with the team in Miami after practice on Saturday:
“He is in the building. There’s a certain protocol that the league has put out – as far as what we need to follow – so we’re allowed to have certain conversations. He’s allowed to do certain type of things or certain areas that he’s allowed to be around. Obviously, we’re taking everything very slowly. We’re trying to make sure that we do everything by the book, exactly the way the league wants us to do it. He’s trying to do a good job of doing exactly what he’s told to do. You talk about step one of like 500, whatever it is. It’s going to take some time for us to make sure that we do every little thing right for this thing to turn out the right way.”
Under the league’s reinstatement, exact steps have to be followed for Jordan before he can begin practicing:
Jordan may join the Dolphins at training camp and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Jordan’s clinical resources in Miami, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games.
Asked how long it would take for the Dolphins to get Jordan’s clinical resources established in Miami, thereby allowing the 2013 third-overall draft pick to get onto the practice field, Gase replied, “I have no idea.”
The Dolphins will be back on the practice field for their third full workout of training camp on Sunday. Practice will start at 8:35pm ET and is open to the public. For how to reserve your free tickets to any training camp practice that is open to the public, as well as our tips for attending, click here.