The Dolphins said Monday they have not been told whether Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones would have their suspensions immediately lifted when the league announces a new drug policy and, consequently, are not incorporating them into this week’s game plan against Kansas City.
NFL.com has said both players will be reinstated as soon as the NFL and the players union finalize a new agreement, but the league office has refused to confirm that. The union said Friday that a new drug policy has been approved, but the league said negotiations are ongoing.
“I haven’t heard anything,” coach Joe Philbin said. “We’re operating under the premise that the suspensions are going to stand until I hear different.”
Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said unless he hears otherwise, he would give no thought to how Jones or Jordan could help Sunday.
“Unless we know that they’re practicing, we can’t waste practice time on what ifs,” Coyle said. “We have to go out there and get guys ready to play. When guys haven’t been practicing, generally they don’t play very good when they first come back.”
Jordan, who has been working out in Los Angeles, has not been informed if he will be reinstated. Whenever Jones and Jordan return, the Dolphins would need to remove two players from their 53-man roster to make room for them.
THIS AND THAT
▪ Louis Delmas played nearly four times as many snaps at Michael Thomas on Sunday (47 to 12), but Thomas started ahead of Delmas at safety for reasons that Philbin would not fully explain.
Philbin said it was his decision and that Delmas wasn’t injured. Asked if it had to do with what he saw at practice, Philbin said: “Everything.” But Coyle said the plan was always to give Delmas more playing time than Thomas.
▪ With the addition of Daniel Thomas, who was signed Monday, the Dolphins have five running backs on their roster. Though Knowshon Moreno is expected to miss four to eight weeks with a dislocated elbow, the Dolphins said Lamar Miller could have returned, if coaches chose to use him after he left with an ankle injury in the second half on Sunday.
▪ Philbin liked that Damian Williams “ran the ball pretty hard” against Buffalo. He had 19 yards on five carries.
▪ Coyle said Jelani Jenkins did “a good job” in his first start replacing weak-side linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who is out for the season.
▪ Among the Dolphins’ No.3, 4 and 5 receivers, Jarvis Landry (44 snaps) played more than Brandon Gibson (41) and Rishard Matthews (24). “Going into the game, we felt all five could help us,” offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said. “No one is sitting there counting [snaps].”
▪ Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who was third in the league with 1,287 rushing yards last season, has a high ankle sprain and his status for Sunday’s game in Miami is in question.
If he cannot play, Knile Davis likely would fill in; Davis had 79 yards on 22 carries against Denver on Sunday after Charles left with an injury.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid also declined to speculate whether Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry (ankle sprain) would be available Sunday.