Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Just hours before the Dolphins kicked off the preseason against the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, the NFL announced that safety Reshad Jones would be suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. However, Jones and the team knew roughly two weeks ago that this news was coming.
"They notified me probably a couple of weeks prior to it coming out [Friday], so I was aware of it," Jones said after the Dolphins' 16-10 loss at Atlanta in the preseason opener. I thought about appealing," he said, "but there wasn't no need to [appeal]."
Coach Joe Philbin said he spoke with Jones about the suspension and expressed disappointment in Jones.
"The NFL has strict policies and if you don't adhere to those policies you have to pay the consequences," Philbin said.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill also expressed disappointment regarding the news of the suspension.
"It's tough. Any time you lose guys, especially guys of that caliber it's tough on the team. But it's part of it. It's something you never want to have to happen but if it happens be it through injury or suspension, it can happen a lot of different ways."