Thursday, February 22, 2018
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League reinstates Dolphins DE Jordan

DAVIE — Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan's suspension ended just as training camp began.

Jordan was reinstated Friday by the NFL on a conditional basis after sitting out last season for his latest violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Commissioner Roger Goodell told Jordan on the day the Dolphins held their first practice.

Jordan can participate in meetings and conditioning work, the league said. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Jordan's clinical resources, he can do all preseason activities, including practices and games.

Before the regular season, Jordan will meet with the league to move toward full reinstatement.

Jordan, 26, the overall No. 3 selection in the 2013 draft, has contributed little in his career. He's coming back from his second suspension under the NFL substance abuse policy and has played only 26 games with one start, totaling three sacks.

After Miami's first practice, new coach Adam Gase declined to say much on plans for Jordan.

"We're still at the beginning stages of this," Gase said. "I know that's the boring answer, but that's what it is right now."

Also, Miami put four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster on the active-physically unable to perform list. The former Texans star is coming back from Achilles tendon surgery last fall.

Bills: Receiver Sammy Watkins won't be ready for the start of training camp after surgery on his left foot, though general manager Doug Whaley said he is on track to play in Buffalo's season opener.

Cowboys: Second-year linebacker Damien Wilson injured an eye in a paintball accident last week and is on the non-football injury list. That list also includes running back Darren McFadden, who broke his right elbow during Memorial Day weekend trying to save his cellphone when he dropped it. Dallas' first practice is today in Oxnard, Calif.

Lions: Cornerback Darius Slay signed a four-year extension worth about $50 million, a contract that lasts through the 2020 season.

Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he was disappointed in receiver Martavis Bryant, who is serving a one-year suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Roethlisberger hasn't spoken to Bryant since the discipline was announced in March. Last year, as Bryant sat out a four-game drug suspension and spent time at a treatment facility in Houston, Roethlisberger reached out to Bryant daily. "You feel kind of let down, kind of disappointed because it's like a little brother that you take under your wing that had all the potential in the world to be one of the best," Roethlisberger said.

Texans: They extended the contract of GM Rick Smith through 2020. His deal had been set to expire after this season.

Titans: They agreed to terms with seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson, a former college standout at Miami. This is his third AFC South team; Johnson spent his first 12 years with the Texans and played for the Colts last season.

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