ATLANTA — Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
In a statement released Friday by the Dolphins, Jones apologized to his teammates and coaches. He said a supplement he took caused the positive test. He said he regretted not investigating the supplement carefully before he took it, and said he’ll never again take a supplement without having it checked.
Jones is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Friday’s exhibition opener at Atlanta. He will be eligible to return to the Dolphins’ active roster following the team’s Sept. 28 game against Oakland. The suspension is without pay.
Jones, a fifth-year pro, started every game the past two seasons and finished second on the team in tackles last year.
backup OL Eric Herman suspended 4 games: In East Rutherford, N.J., New York Giants backup offensive lineman Eric Herman has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Herman said in a statement Friday that he tested positive for a stimulant. He said he has a therapeutic use exemption for a different stimulant that treats the same condition, but not for the one he tested positive for.
Herman spent most of last year on the practice squad after the Giants drafted him in the seventh round out of Ohio. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound guard was added to the roster for the season finale but did not play.
Herman missed the Giants’ first preseason game last Sunday with a hip injury.
He says “the rules are very strict so I am taking responsibility for my mistake.”
TEAM awaiting results on four injured players: In Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Colts are awaiting test results on four players who were injured in Thursday night’s preseason game.
Starting center Khaled Holmes left on the first series with an ankle injury, and rookie offensive lineman Ulrick John left with a lower leg injury. Defensive lineman Jeris Pendleton went down with a knee injury and linebacker Daniel Adongo injured his biceps.
Coach Chuck Pagano said all four would have MRIs on Friday, but the team has not provided an update on the injuries.
Tannenbaum hired by Dolphins as consultant: In Miami, former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum has been hired by the Miami Dolphins as a consultant.
Tannenbaum will help with a variety of projects involving innovation, analytics and sports science, and will continue to work for Priority Sports and Entertainment, the Dolphins said Friday. He was the Jets’ GM in 2006-12.
The Dolphins announced several other staff changes. Ryan Herman was promoted to director of football administration, and former scouting assistants Chris Buford and Max Gruder were named college scout and pro scout. The Dolphins hired Dennis Lock as head analyst, Dave Regan as sports science analyst, Brad Forsyth and Marcus Hendrickson as college scouts, J.P. McGowan as scouting assistant and Jonathan Gress as assistant athletic trainer-physical therapist.
N.Y. gov says he’d consider a new Bills stadium: In Niagara Falls, N.Y., Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wants to do everything he can to keep the Buffalo Bills in New York and would consider a new stadium if necessary.
Cuomo told reporters Friday in Niagara Falls the state and county negotiated a long-term lease with the Bills two years ago and have spent $170 million renovating the existing stadium.
Cuomo said, “If we need a new stadium to keep the Bills here long-term, that’s something that I’m interested in talking about.”
He said he’s already had preliminary discussions with the NFL, the Erie County executive and some potential bidders.
The governor says he’s mindful of the high cost and said he’d want “as light a burden as it can be” on the county and state finances.