The NFL suspended Miami Dolphins starting safety Reshad Jones after he failed a league drug test, the team announced on Friday via Twitter.
Reshad Jones has been suspended without pay for the first four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) August 8, 2014
As noted, Jones will miss the first four games of the season — as well as his corresponding salary (Jones has a four-year, $30 million deal) — for violating the NFL’s substance policy. Jones said in a statement via The Miami Herald:
“The NFL recently informed me that I tested positive for a substance that is banned under the NFL performance enhancing substances policy. I worked closely with the union to investigate what happened, and I learned that a supplement I took caused the positive test.”
The unnamed substance, according to the Herald, was a performance enhancing drug. Jones continued:
“I deeply regret not investigating the supplement carefully before I took it, and I will never again take a supplement without having it checked. I am very sorry for the effect of my mistake on my teammates and coaches. I apologize to them, Stephen Ross, the Dolphins organization and fans. During the time away from the team, I will maintain an intense training program so that I can help my team as soon as I return.”
Jones is now the second Dolphins player to fail the NFL’s drug test for PEDs. Last month, Dion Jordan was also suspended for four games for similar reasons.