Training camp starts next Friday.
And the Miami Dolphins don’t know for sure if Dion Jordan will be on the field when it does.
The NFL still has not notified the two sides if it will lift Jordan’s indefinite suspension in time for the start of camp.
Jordan applied for reinstatement in early June. His status going forward is at the discretion of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has until early August to decide whether to allow Jordan to return.
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Jordan is in Stage 3 of the league’s substance-abuse program after failing three tests in his career.
Throughout the process, Jordan’s camp has been optimistic that Jordan would be back this season. His agent, Doug Hendrickson, told the Miami Herald recently that: “I feel very strongly he will be reinstated without question. He’s done everything he has been asked to do. We feel very good where we’re at. We expect Dion to start training camp with the Dolphins.”
The unanswered question: Why has it taken this long? Granted, the summer is a slow time, when league executives take vacation. But it’s not like the lights are out and nobody’s home; the NFL has handed down punishment go other players in recent weeks.
If indeed Jordan is reinstated, the Dolphins would need to make a decision on whether they want him on the team relatively quickly.
Jordan is owed $600,000 in base salary for 2016 and is due a $1.69 million signing bonus if he’s on the roster on the fifth day of training camp.
However, that might be a moot point if he reports in as good shape — both mentally and physically — as those close to him say.
A friend told the Miami Herald Monday that Jordan is “doing great,” and that “when he is reinstated, you will see a brand new Dion.”