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Free agent DE Dion Jordan's suspension appeal denied

By Alex Butler
Free agent DE Dion Jordan's suspension appeal denied
Dion Jordan (95) played his last two seasons for the Seattle Seahawks, but is a free agent this off-season. File Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

May 14 (UPI) -- Free agent defensive end Dion Jordan had his appeal denied for a 10-game suspension Tuesday.

Jordan was reprimanded for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy after taking Adderall. He was previously approved to take the medication for ADHD, but his therapeutic use exemption had expired.

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"I made a mistake," Jordan told NFL Network. "I feel like the person that I am, I'm ready to move forward, I've been ready to move forward, with this specific issue. I've been working really hard with myself outside of football, and I can see the progress as a young man, as Dion Jordan I can see it.

"My whole lifestyle -- it's been a 180-degree change. I [expletive] up, man. I can't fix this [expletive]. It is what it is. But I know what I can't do and what not to do compared to the mistakes I've made in the past."

Jordan, 29, was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Oregon product appeared in 16 games during his rookie campaign for the Miami Dolphins, but never blossomed into a star pass-rusher. The Dolphins cut Jordan in 2017, after he was suspended twice before for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He missed the entire 2015 season with a suspension.

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Jordan appeared in five games for the Seattle Seahawks in 2017. He appeared in 12 games last season for the Seahawks.

The 6-foot-6, 284-pound pass-rusher has 8.5 sacks, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles in 43 career appearances during his NFL tenure.

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