The most ridiculous thing thus far in the early NFL season is the fact that there has been no decision on Miami Dolphins suspended DE Dion Jordan.
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The NFL has seen fit to reinstate indefinitely suspended wide-receiver Josh Gordon of the Browns. This same Gordon who has spent some of his off-season hanging out with the troubled Johnny Manziel.
Dion Jordan however, still waits to hear back on his application for reinstatement.
Jordan has been out of football now for almost 15 months since being suspended for a 3rd time for a diluted urine specimen. Jordan’s camp says that he has not failed or missed a single drug test since that suspension.
In May it was reported that Jordan had filed officially for his reinstatement but that report said that Jordan “would file on Monday” and since that Monday in May there has been no definitive statement from Jordan’s camp that he did indeed file. Although it apparently was supposed to go without saying.
Perhaps he filed later than what was said or not. What we do know is that the NFL still hasn’t granted Jordan’s appeal. And with Dolphins training camp starting today, Jordan still sits and waits.
What makes this interesting is the fact that on the 5th day of camp, which would be Tuesday, Jordan is due a $1.7 million roster bonus as part of his rookie deal. Technically he is not on the roster as of today and if he is not on the roster Tuesday, well that’s kind of where things become sketchy.
If he joins the team on the 6th day would his contract bonus be given? Would it be negated by the fact that on the 5th day he was not on the team? Jordan’s camp says that if he is not reinstated, a positive inclination that he did indeed officially file, that they would file a grievance with the NFLPA.
The Dolphins will have a decision to make with Jordan once he is allowed to return to the field of play but where exactly does he fit in with the Vance Joseph system? The Dolphins are still running the same 4-3 scheme they employed when Jordan was drafted and he didn’t fit well at the defensive end position and the Dolphins didn’t envision him as an outside linebacker.
All of that really won’t matter however until Jordan is allowed back into the NFL.