I certainly hate that the Dolphins had to receive yet another set of bad news in the suspension of Dion Jordan, but I can’t say that it’s of huge concern other than just the lack of a big-bodied backup. In the 2013 season, Jordan recorded only 19 total tackles in 16 games. He did record 2 sacks, but he certainly wasn’t the leading contributor for the Miami defensive effort. Throughout last season, the defensive end position provided some solid stats from standout players such as Cameron Wake (recording 8.5 sacks with 2 forced fumbles) and Oliver Vernon (recording 11.5 sacks). Dion Jordan had certainly increased in size when returning from the offseason and this certainly showed promise for his opportunity to get some more playing time, but given the circumstances the Dolphins will simply move on from that thought and plan to start the 2 expected candidates in Wake and Vernon.
Performance enhancing drugs certainly are a rampant issue in professional sports, but the fact that it made its way to the Miami organization is disappointing. There is major speculation as to whether the Dolphins will be successful next season given some offseason issues and disputes about staff, but one thing is sure: The Miami Dolphins will be ready come game 1 versus the Pats, and I expect big things from the two starting defensive ends. Once Jordan returns after his 4 game suspension, he certainly will have the possibility of gaining more playing time. But all Miami supporters can do from this point until the end of the suspension is move on from the thought of Jordan being a strong proponent for a starting job on the DE rotation and preparing for standout performances from Wake and Vernon.