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August 08, 2014

Reshad Jones suspended four games

Add another Dolphins player about to serve a four-game regular-season suspension for violating the NFL's performance enhancing substance policy.

Reshad Jones will miss the first four games of the regular season while serving the suspension, the Dolphins and NFL announced today.

“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. 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 will be eligible to return to the Dolphins’ active roster on Monday, September 29, following the team's September 28 game against the Oakland Raiders. Jones is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including tonight in Atlanta.

“I was very disappointed when we found out about Reshad’s suspension," head coach Joe Philbin said. "When we talked to him, Reshad pledged to learn from this situation. Our secondary as a unit, including Reshad, has performed well this offseason and I have complete confidence in the group as we progress through training camp and into the regular season."

Jimmy Wilson, who has played approximately 600 snaps last season and is a coach favorite at both safety and nickel, is a likely replacement for Jones in the secondary early in the season.


Dolphins hire Mike Tannenbaum as a consultant

Remember this list of names of people who you must keep in mind for roles within the Dolphins organization? The list was published by me months ago and included Mike Tannenbaum.

Well, today that was the most recognizable and eye-catching name the surfaced in a release naming several new people to posts within the organization.

The release by the Dolphins said Tannenbaum is now serving as a "consultant."

According to the Dolphins, Tannenbaum, an agent for Priority Sports and Entertainment and a former New York Jets general manager, "will consult with the Dolphins on a variety of projects involving innovation, analytics and sports science. He will continue in his role at Priority Sports and Entertainment."

Prior to joining Priority, he spent 16 seasons (1997-2012) in various roles for the New York Jets, including his final seven years (2006-12) as the team’s executive vice president and general manager. Tannenbaum began his tenure in New York as director of player contracts in 1997 and was promoted to assistant general manager and director of pro personnel in 2001. In 2004, he was elevated to the role of assistant general manager and senior vice president of football operations before taking on the role of general manager prior to the 2006 season. Tannenbaum began his career in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints in 1994 before accepting the position of player personnel assistant with the Cleveland Browns in 1995. He returned to the Saints for the 1996 season as a player personnel assistant prior to joining the Jets in 1997. A native of Needham, Mass., Tannenbaum received a degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and graduated cum laude from Tulane University Law School, where he earned his certificate in sports law.