Dion Jordan trying to be patient in return to field


Dion Jordan hasn’t done much work on a football field of late.

The Dolphins’ first-round draft choice was sidelined this offseason by both shoulder surgery and the NFL’s rule barring players from practicing with their teams until their college closes shop for the term and now he’s on the non-football injury list because he’s still not ready for contact drills. Jordan, who signed his contract on Saturday, told reporters after Sunday’s practice that he’s trying to be patient in his return so that he’s able to help as much as possible when he does get on the field. It’s not something that comes easily to Jordan, but he believes it is for the best.

“It’s frustrating,” Jordan said. “The main thing for me is to be healthy so I can get out here and help my guys and do whatever I have to do to make sure we have a successful season.”

Mike Florio reported early Sunday that Jordan is expected back on the field in a week or two, although neither Jordan nor coach Joe Philbin offered any kind of specific timeline for his recovery. If it plays out that way, there will be enough time for Jordan to get up to speed in time to provide the kind of help to the defense that he was drafted to provide.