League suspends Miami’s Jones, New York’s Herman

Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones and New York Giants offensive lineman Eric Herman have been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Jones will be eligible to return to the Dolphins’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 29 following the team’s September 28 game against the Oakland Raiders. Herman, who is in his second season with the club after spending all of last year on the practice squad, will be eligible to return to the Giants’ active roster on Friday, Sept. 26 following the team’s Thursday night Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins.

“I was very disappointed when we found out about Reshad’s suspension,” Dolphins 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.”

Jones and Herman are eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

“The NFL recently informed me that I tested positive for a substance that is banned under the NFL performance enhancing substances policy,” said Jones. “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 started all 16 games for Miami last season, recording 84 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and one interception. In four seasons with the Dolphins, he has played in 60 games (46 starts) and has 224 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and seven picks.

“The NFL requires a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for permission to take certain medications,” said Herman in a statement on Friday. “I have a TUE for one medication, but not another stimulant that treats the same condition. Unfortunately, a stimulant for which I don’t have a TUE was in my body, and the rules are very strict, so I am taking responsibility and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches and the club. This won’t happen again, and I will spend the four weeks working hard to be ready to return to work.”


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