DE Dion Jordan Suspended First Four Games Into 2014

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Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan will miss the team’s first four regular-season games this season after being found to have violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, the Palm Beach Post reports.

The NFL says Jordan will be allowed to participate in all off-season and pre-season practices and games.

In a statement, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Jordan has accepted responsibility for his actions and is “committed to improving, both on and off the field.”

Jordan, in a statement, said he tested positive for stimulants banned by the NFL, saying, “I’m very sorry for the impact of this situation on my teammates, coaches, Stephen Ross, the entire Dolphins organization, fans and my family as well.”

Center Mike Pouncey Has Hip Surgery, RB Moreno To Have Surgery On Knee

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The news today on the injury front for the Dolphins is awful. First off, center Mike Pouncey will miss time after he underwent hip surgery Monday.

The Miami Herald reports that he will miss at least three months, meaning he likely will be sidelined for at least the first two games of the regular season and potentially more.

The report by the Herald says that Pouncey could, if all things work in his favor, return for the Kansas City on September 28th in London.

There’s more injury news, as new RB Knowshon Moreno has been scheduled to undergo athroscopic surgery on his left knee and is out four to five weeks.

Moreno inked a one-year deal worth $3 million this offseason. He sustained a torn ACL in his right knee during the 2011 season, but this issue with the left knee isn’t nearly as serious.

Philbin’s Son Accused of Fleeing Accident Scene

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Matthew Philbin, a U.S. Army first lieutenant and the son of Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, crashed his Jeep into a Honda Civic and fled the scene of the accident, leaving behind an injured driver, Ayana Stewart of the Miami Herald reports. This according to a police report.

According to the report, the incident happened March 23 in Austin, Texas. The 26-year-old, who is stationed at Fort Hood, allegedly drove the wrong way down a one-way street and collided with 22-year-old Kristen Robinson, who had a green light.

Robinson suffered arm, head and neck injuries. One witness who saw the crash said she appeared to be in shock.

According to Austin Police Detective D. Drake, the witness stopped and asked for Philbin‘s cellphone to call for help.

Philbin refused, asking both the victim and witness to avoid calling the police. Soon after, he hailed a cab and fled the scene.

When police arrived, they found his iPhone, wallet and military identification card. According to the report, Philbin had text messages from a friend concerned that he was driving while intoxicated. Both Robinson and the witness identified Philbin in a lineup.

Based on the evidence found at the scene, Drake said the case seemed pretty routine. But then Philbin’s attorney reached out to police and asked them to postpone the investigation.

“He asks me to hold off on the investigation because [Philbin] was about to be promoted to captain in the military,” he said. When the victim’s father found out, he called officials at Fort Hood and informed them of the charges.

Philbin is a West Point grad who served overseas for a year. He is charged with failing to stop and render aid, a third-degree felony. His court date is set for July 7.

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Grab the NEW Miami Dolphins New Era “2014 NFL Draft 59FIFTY Cap”

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Just in time for Draft Day 2014, New Era is out with their NEW 2014 NFL Draft 59FIFTY Cap – the official cap of the 2014 NFL Draft and the one that will be worn by the league’s newest stars when their names are called.

This 59FIFTY fitted cap features a unique visor design with gray, screen-printed team logos and word marks on a highly reflective surface that produces a special visual effect when photographed with a camera phone. Also included on the cap is an embroidered (raised) Dolphins primary team logo on the front, stitched New Era® flag at wearer’s left side and a reflective NFL shield logo on the rear. Interior includes branded taping, a monotone NFL® shield pattern and a moisture-absorbing sweatband.

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Previewing The 2014 Miami Dolphins Schedule

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The Miami Dolphins took one step closer to getting back to the playoffs in 2013, but a lack of a consistent rushing attack and shaky pass protection led to an inconsistent season. In 2014, the Fins will make another push to finally get back into the playoff mix, and a strong run in free agency could help them pull it off.

Getting to the playoffs will be easier said than done for Miami, however, as they’ll have some brutal road matchups against the potent Denver Broncos and the Chicago Bears, while facing the Lions in Detroit could also be a problem. The Dolphins shouldn’t have too difficult of a time against the Raiders and Jaguars, but still will have to worry about tough division road trips to New England and New York.

Things aren’t exactly going to be a walk in the park at home in 2014, either, as Miami will welcome tough opponents like the Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Minnesota Vikings are the only “easy” home matchup for Miami outside of the division, as the Miami Dolphins schedule as a whole should prove to be quite the challenge.

All 2014 Opponents

Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Recapping the First week of Free Agency for the Dolphins

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The first week of free agency is officially over, the Dolphins signed 5 guys this week, each one filling a hole on the roster. Last year Miami threw money around at not only players they needed (Wallace) and players who were viewed as “upgrades” (Wheeler & Ellerbe) that didn’t pan out so well.

The Dolphins started the week by signing Branden Albert, everyone saw this happening. The Dolphins made a great move. Albert gave up one sack every 200 snaps last year, the combination of Mckinnie and Martin gave up a sack every 80 snaps.

The Phins then signed Earl Mitchell who spend the past four years on the Houston Texans, he spent most of the time playing nose tackle in a 3-4. In Miami he will be playing along side Jared Odrick and Randy Starks. Mitchell is viewed as a 3 down tackle, while Soliai was mostly used one first and second down.

Randy Starks was re-signed on a two year $12 million deal. Starks has good play making ability and was the Seventh best defensive tackle according to PFF. He was also top ten in QB hurries, stops and tackles. With the rotation of Starks, Mitchell, and Odrick, Miami has a very aggressive defensive front.

Shelley Smith was also signed on a two year deal to help improve the offensive line. While Smith didn’t play a lot, he averaged a sack every 185 snaps (even though he is viewed as a run blocking guard). In comparison, Incognito and Brenner gave up a sack every 109 snaps. The 4th best run blocking grade among guards doesn’t hurt either.

The Dolphins finished the week by signing Cortland Finnegan, a fiery corner who spent the last few years on the Rams. He hasn’t been playing at a high level the last few years, having nagging injuries sure doesn’t help. Finnegan was the rams #1 corner, in Miami he will possibly be the #2 or even the slot corner depending on Taylor’s progress.

The Dolphins are off to a good start, hopefully they are able to sign a right tackle  before the draft. Hickey has said his goal is to be able to draft the best player available come draft time.

Dolphins sign safety Louis Delmas

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The Dolphins  signed veteran safety Louis Delmas  to a one year $3.5 million contract.  A solid player but has had his issues with injuries.

Delmas spent the 2013 campaign on the Lions where he had a 2.0 PFF grade. This is a great move for GM Dennis Hickey and the Dolphins.  They were able to get Delmas for about the same price as Clemons last year.If he can stay healthy, he would  be an upgrade from Clemons.

The Dolphins also cut Dimitri Patterson, expect them to make a run for a solid cornerback early in free agency. I would not trust Will Davis, Jamar Taylor, or Jimmy Wilson starting across from Brent Grimes for 16 games.