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Dion Jordan comes off non-football injury list

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When the Dolphins placed rookie defensive end Dion Jordan on the non-football injury list, word was that he would miss a week or two of training camp to make sure his surgically repaired shoulder was sound enough to get back on the field.

Things have speeded up a bit. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins have activated Jordan from the NFI list and team broadcaster Jesse Agler sent out a picture of Jordan heading out to the field in full pads on Tuesday morning.

It’s a long-awaited moment for Jordan, who was barred from attending offseason work for the Dolphins because the University of Oregon was in session through the end of OTAs.  Jordan’s return to the field means that he can fully join the battle for playing time up front in Miami.

Olivier Vernon has been working as the starting defensive end across from Cameron Wake through the first few days of training camp and plans to make a strong case for holding onto the job, but there’s little doubt that Jordan, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, is going to get plenty of chances to show he’s worthy of extended playing time. Depending on the formation in use, Jordan could also find time as a linebacker and the Dolphins can begin sorting that out now that he’s healthy enough to practice.

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19 Responses to “Dion Jordan comes off non-football injury list”
  1. tannethrill says: Jul 23, 2013 9:17 AM

    That front seven has potential to be special. Starks and Solai are on contract years and Wake is in his prime which based on his age could be short lived. Hopefully his low mileage plays a part. Hopefully Ellerbe and Wheeler are here to earn their keep. Misi might blossom with the speed and pressure surrounding him. Vernon and Jordan can contribute without feeling like the pressure is on them to prematurely take on too much.

    Crossing my fingers on Grimes and the rest of the CB competition. Jones and Clemons on contract years too.

    The D looks promising.

  2. brutus9448 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:30 AM

    Miami defense is gonna be really good this year. They’ll keep them in a lot of games.

  3. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jul 23, 2013 9:34 AM

    Loading up on pass rushers, should have speed off the edge.

  4. ccjcsr says: Jul 23, 2013 9:38 AM

    Will get stonewalled by NFL Tackles…This isn’t the Pac 12 son!

    #CowboyNation

  5. phinswinafceast says: Jul 23, 2013 9:40 AM

    Can’t wait to see what this means for Dion and the rest of the dolphins D. Just stay healthy Dion, we don’t want you re-injuring that shoulder because you tried to come back too early.
    As a dolphin fan, there is a lot to be excited about! Tom Brady better watch out because this Miami D will be bring the pain

  6. iapacker says: Jul 23, 2013 10:55 AM

    Bust

  7. patswagg says: Jul 23, 2013 11:21 AM

    Why do people from other teams have to put in their opinions? Ok, made skme people dislike your comment and think your dumb.. Now what?? What did you really accomplish?? Especially a Cowboys fann.. you made cause yall took a Center wayy to early??

  8. scyankee9999 says: Jul 23, 2013 11:32 AM

    I keep hearing bust but part of the reason he was drafted was his cover skills. Even if he don’t pan out as a starting DE he will at least play a key role on third downs. If that means we take TEs out of the equation that gives even average DEs a chance to get to the QB. He will still play a role on this team. Bust as a #3 pick is possible but he will be in the league for many years.

  9. jason8er says: Jul 23, 2013 11:39 AM

    LMAO, I was waiting for the nonsensical “bust” comments. Jordan was the #1 ranked defensive player in the draft. The rest of you, got the scraps, lol.

  10. miamikillerdolphins says: Jul 23, 2013 11:45 AM

    As for ccjcsr!I bet we beat that cowboy nation a$$ the first preseason game boy!!!!

  11. vaphinfan says: Jul 23, 2013 12:23 PM

    It would be nice to see Jordan and Veron step up. If they stay healthy that could be dangerous pass rush with them two rotating and Wake on the opposite side.

  12. mrpen15 says: Jul 23, 2013 12:35 PM

    You can never have enough pass rushers.

  13. phinfan527 says: Jul 23, 2013 12:40 PM

    Still very concerned about the running game. Thomas has proved nothing and Miller has questions about being the starter to see if his body can handle 250-300 carries. If the Phins want the running game to improve suck it up and sign Vontae Leach. Give him 2 years and a couple of million a year. Spent $60 mill on Wallace. Now finish the roster and get Leach.

  14. tommyscott407 says: Jul 23, 2013 1:07 PM

    Yeah I do not understand why everyone mentions bust when it comes to Dion. He was the best defensive prospect in the draft, yet because Miami took him suddenly it became a bad pick. Listening to Gruden at the draft when he made Dion out to one dimentional and said he disappeared at times is ludicrous.

  15. jrcoop says: Jul 23, 2013 1:14 PM

    Excellent. Minimal training camp time missed. The Dolphins pass rushing personnel group could become the best in the league very quickly.

    Bust comments=troll fail.

  16. dreworleanslabreesiana says: Jul 23, 2013 2:59 PM

    I hate to troll the obvious but… “Things have speeded up a bit.” Sped up? are speeding up? I bet this guy also says funner and that the Jags are cool…

  17. igotgamenj says: Jul 23, 2013 5:54 PM

    Tom Brady is going down hard ! BOOK IT

  18. tre747 says: Jul 23, 2013 7:17 PM

    The only way Dion is a bad pick is if Tannehill gets crushed from the blind side.

  19. iapacker says: Jul 23, 2013 9:03 PM

    I keep hearing bust but part of the reason he was drafted was his cover skills. Even if he don’t pan out as a starting DE he will at least play a key role on third downs. If that means we take TEs out of the equation that gives even average DEs a chance to get to the QB. He will still play a role on this team. Bust as a #3 pick is possible but he will be in the league for many years.

    Lol so you trade up to into the top 5 to take a third cover guy. Lmao!!! New note cannot wait to watch the other 31 teams rb running this guy over way under sized
    and he only played have the snaps on d for ducks. So recap quick trade away other much needed picks for an under sized third down cover lb? Lol you can have him.

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