It's hard for a former No. 3 overall pick to be a forgotten man, but that's what Dion Jordan has become in Miami. On Friday, he took a step back toward the field.
Jordan was conditionally reinstated by the NFL after being suspended for all of 2015, the league announced Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported the development. Jordan will undergo counseling and will be re-evaluated before the start of the season. He will be eligible to play in Week 1 if he meets the conditions set by the NFL.
Jordan had been suspended indefinitely since April 2015 without pay following multiple violations of the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
The Oregon product failed to make much of an impact as a rookie, then was suspended a total of six games over two suspensions in his second season for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Another failed test in April of 2015 knocked him out for all of last season. Now Jordan is talking big that he can take advantage of this opportunity.
"I'm not about to waste it. I can't waste it. And I (expletive) love doing it," Jordan told Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY Sports this offseason. "I just turned 26 years old, so life starts to hit you in the face. Who are you outside of those shoulder pads and helmet?" Jordan asked. "And it's weird, but I feel like it's a blessing for me at this point in time to think about it, instead of waiting 'til they really tell me I can't play football no more."
It's anyone's guess whether Jordan can make much of an impact for this Dolphins defense. He has the versatility that teams crave in 2016 and could at least be helpful as a situational pass rusher. The Dolphins have a boom-or-bust front line with Mario Williams, Cameron Wake, and Jordan representing great potential with big questions.