After a bit of late-week drama and wishful thinking, the Dolphins will face Buffalo on Sunday, as expected, without Dion Jordan or Reshad Jones.
The NFL’s 4 p.m. Saturday transaction deadline passed without the new drug policy formalized by the league, according to multiple reports. That means Jordan and Jones remained suspended and ineligible to play Sunday.
Both defensive players are serving four-game bans for failing a PEDs test, but were expected to have those suspensions lifted after the NFL Players Association agreed to terms on the rewritten policy.
However, the league did not ratify the deal before the deadline, keeping the punished players in limbo. The Dolphins would have had to activate each to their 53-man roster and cut two other players to make room by that deadline, but couldn’t because both players officially remained suspended.
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Even if it had, there was very little chance either Jordan and Jones would have played a meaningful role in Sunday’s game — if they saw the field at all. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is loathe to use players who don’t practice the week of a game, and Jones and Jordan haven’t practiced since Aug.27.