The Miami Dolphins may not be bullying anyone in the locker room these days but apparently they are not behaving off the field. The Dolphins have already lost DE Dion Jordan for the first four games of the season due to a failed drug test that showed performance enhancing drugs and now the team will lose Reshad Jones for the first four weeks.
The news is not good for the Dolphins who can ill afford to lose their best safety. Last season Jones’ production slipped from the previous year but he was expected to rebound. Instead he will have time to watch the games at home after the pre-season concludes.
In both player cases, a supplement is being blamed for the failed tests. The NFL has a list of substances that players can not take and it is the responsibility of the players to make sure any supplements they are taking does not have anything on that list.
“I was very disappointed when we found out about Reshad’s suspension. When we talked to him, Reshad pledged to learn from this situation. Our secondary as a unit, including Reshad, has performed well this offseason and I have complete confidence in the group as we progress through training camp and into the regular season,” said head coach Joe Philbin.
The Dolphins are going to have to find a short term replacement for a starter. Jimmy Wilson has been playing cornerback and Walt Aikens is a rookie. The team has Jordan Kovacs, Don Jones, and Michael Thomas who may have to assume the role opposite Louis Delmas. Free agency is an option but there is not a lot available on the market and any veteran who has more than four seasons will have his contract guaranteed for the year if he is on the opening day roster. Teams will often sign a player after week one to avoid that dilemma.
The Dolphins lost on Friday night to the Falcons in Atlanta when rookie QB Seth Lobato fumbled a shotgun snap on 2nd and goal at the Atlanta four yard line. The Dolphins would lose by six. The loss of Jones hurts a lot lot more.