The Dolphins are reportedly considering keeping defensive end Dion Jordan off the field for a while longer in hopes of avoiding future setbacks from his surgically-repaired right shoulder, a decision that could mean Jordan is in street clothes when the regular season gets underway.
While Jordan admits to being “frustrated” by remaining on the sideline while his teammates are practicing in team drills and playing in preseason games, Jordan says that his first priority is getting healthy. As a result, he won’t be shocked if the regular season kicks off without him.
“Would I be surprised?” Jordan said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It’s my body so I know when I’m ready to go or when I’m not ready to go. It wouldn’t be a surprise at all.”
While it would obviously be disappointing for the Dolphins to start the season without the third overall pick in the lineup, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Jordan is coming off of a torn labrum, which they knew when they drafted him and which they had to know there was a risk of aggravating the injury once he started playing again. If they could do things over again, they might choose to hold him out of camp a bit longer at the outset, but their best option now is proceeding cautiously so that Jordan misses a game or two rather than a sizable chunk of his rookie season.