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Report: Dolphins concerned Dion Jordan won’t be ready for opener

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Defensive end Dion Jordan won’t play in Saturday’s game against the Buccaneers as he continues to rehab his surgically-repaired right shoulder and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that concern is growing in the organization that he’ll also be on the sideline for the season opener on September 8.

Per Salguero, there’s discussion about whether it’s better for the team to continue to keep Jordan out of practice in hopes of avoiding another setback with his shoulder. The specific worry is that the pass rushing moves that Jordan will be utilizing will put stress on his shoulder that would lead to further injury. Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said that his hope is that Jordan stays on target for Week One, but admitted that the team is formulating defensive plans that don’t include their top draft pick as well.

“There’s always going to be a plan A, plan B, plan C as you approach the season,” Coyle said. “We have a plan in place to utilize Dion, provided that he’s up and ready to go. I think he’s making strides with his rehab and working with our trainers and strength coaches. So we are ready to implement that plan if in fact we get the green light. If not, we are proceeding as if we wouldn’t have him in another plan. That’s just part of football where a guy goes down you’ve got to have a plan. One person doesn’t necessarily completely alter your game plan, so there are other people who can play the role we originally had planned for Dion as well on the current roster. That won’t keep us out of doing certain things that we think are going to help us win the game.”

Jordan has missed a lot of practice this summer and the Bucs game will make two straight preseason contests that the Dolphins have played without him, a long enough absence that it is hard to believe he’s set to make too big of an impact early in the season even if he does get the go-ahead to play in a couple of weeks.

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31 Responses to “Report: Dolphins concerned Dion Jordan won’t be ready for opener”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 22, 2013 2:03 PM

    Dolphins better hope that looks are deceiving. There are no visible indications of brain life on that face.

  2. footballradioshow says: Aug 22, 2013 2:04 PM

    Gotta look at the big picture but it is tough not having your top 10 draft pick ready for week 1

  3. heisthejuan says: Aug 22, 2013 2:04 PM

    What happens when you reach for a tweener with injury issues? BUST!

  4. oakfolk says: Aug 22, 2013 2:06 PM

    #AaronMaybin2.0

  5. sillec28 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:18 PM

    Based on how the Bucs have looked so far Miami won’t need Jordan or any other players from the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd strings.

  6. ashdanielson says: Aug 22, 2013 2:21 PM

    Kid had three pressures in limited play in his first half of NFL football and drew a 15 yard penalty. Clear indication of a BUST.

  7. dg0122 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:33 PM

    Gimme a B! Gimme a U! Gimme an S !Gimme a T!

  8. hehateme2 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:38 PM

    He’s looked real good but he pushed it a little too fast and reinjured himself.
    Those called him a bust are just trolls that have no clue.

    He’s going to be special, weather it’s the 1st game or not.

  9. cwk22 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:42 PM

    Another disappointment for us Fin fans.

  10. floridafootballologist says: Aug 22, 2013 2:43 PM

    Bust?

    Isn’t that the same thing we heard about Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor? How’d that work out?

  11. wildwalt7 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:45 PM

    He had surgery 6 months ago, and was supposed to be ready in three to four months.The Dolphins could have had Jarvis Jones and Eddie Lacy if they didn’t trade up.

  12. phillyphil005 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:52 PM

    His linebacking counterpart Alonso from Oregon was the real playmaking linebacker and he will be the better player, book it.

  13. mckaymatt says: Aug 22, 2013 2:56 PM

    Not a Dolphins fan but why would the Dolphins want Eddie Lacy? I’m surprised so many people are calling this guy a bust when there are players who are healthy that are rookies doing a lot worse considering.

  14. squinn21 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:01 PM

    Die hard fins fan here but I would have rather had Lane Johnson at 3. Fins own fault for bringing this guy back too early but he did look good vs Dallas.

  15. justintuckrule says: Aug 22, 2013 3:04 PM

    dolphin problems

  16. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Aug 22, 2013 3:05 PM

    He’s not starting yet, so let him rest. Let Olivier Vernon make some plays!

  17. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 22, 2013 3:12 PM

    Truly a bust. You’ll all see.

  18. tombradyswig says: Aug 22, 2013 3:12 PM

    3rd pick in 1st round, NOT READY!?!?!?
    Dion “Bust” Jordan
    nice, wasted, pic Phins… Phools~!!!

    Jeff Ireland = GM FAIL

  19. wildwalt7 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:19 PM

    Why would the Dolphins want Eddie Lacy? I don’t know,maybe because he’s a brute, and going to be one of the best players from this draft.

  20. officialgame says: Aug 22, 2013 3:28 PM

    Does it really matter?

  21. dg0122 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:31 PM

    “hehateme2: He’s going to be special, weather it’s the 1st game or not”

    how is the weather ? I think we all know who is special…

  22. ccjcsr says: Aug 22, 2013 3:33 PM

    Bust

  23. dylanssongwriter says: Aug 22, 2013 3:38 PM

    That’s what happens when you are a DE built like a WR

  24. fin1fan says: Aug 22, 2013 4:54 PM

    Should have gone O-line…this is Irelands last mistake…UGH!

  25. makenobones says: Aug 22, 2013 5:01 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Aug 22, 2013 2:03 PM
    “Dolphins better hope that looks are deceiving. There are no visible indications of brain life on that face.”

    You really should consider changing that name before you speak about brain life.

  26. slick50ks says: Aug 22, 2013 5:25 PM

    This on a team with no left tackle, or any decent tackle period.

    Another Ireland failure. They’re adding up.

  27. brohamma says: Aug 22, 2013 5:58 PM

    The Miami organization let their emerging, young, quarterback down when they drafted Dion Jordan. Hopefully, it doesn’t manifest itself with Tannehill on the ground injured… and I’m a Patriots fan.

    It’s no secret that Dion had zero inside-move off the line and it now looks like the arm injury will prevent him from developing a proper one.

  28. therealtrenches says: Aug 22, 2013 6:31 PM

    SO GLAD the phins traded up to get this guy. My eagles probably would’ve taken him if they didn’t.

  29. gregoryp3234 says: Aug 22, 2013 6:35 PM

    bust? the season hasnt even started yet. i dont get it. you people are out of your minds. its even more unbelievable that these “bust” comments are coming from our own fans. yeah lets draft lane johnson, he can really make plays. or eddie lacy, a power back in a league where a power back hasnt had success in 10 years. i sometimes wonder if these morons are watching the same games that I am. dion jordan looked fantastic in the limited time on the field this preseaon. he will be a good if not great ball player. when that happens my fellow dolphans will unfortunately be back on this website chanting ” best pick ever!” what a bunch of imbeciles.

  30. floridafootballologist says: Aug 22, 2013 6:47 PM

    slick50ks says:
    Aug 22, 2013 5:25 PM

    This on a team with no left tackle, or any decent tackle period.

    Another Ireland failure. They’re adding up.
    ———————-
    Wow. Someone better contact Pro Football Focus and alert them because they had Martin rated the #2 best LT so far in preseason, and if I’m not mistaken Tyson Clabo went to the probowl. But what would they know when a blogger makes such a well researched point.

  31. floridafootballologist says: Aug 22, 2013 6:55 PM

    I’m with you @gregoryp3234. The trolls will disappear (like they did when Tannehill proved to be pretty good last year) and the band-wagon Fin fans will deny saying it. Like I stated earlier, I heard the same “bust” talk with ZT and JT. But, since I’m no expert, I leave it up to the coaches and GMs that get paid millions to make decisions.

    Could he be a bust? Sure. Could Lane Johnson be a bust? Sure. No one can say until they actually play the game. Well, except for the clowns that have the crystal ball and know before the players even take a snap. Look how right they all were with Sancheezy. Heck, he was even re-named the Sanchize. Now look how good he……..oh, wait. Never mind.

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