Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan returned to practice Tuesday almost three weeks after he was forced to the sideline because of problems with his surgically-repaired shoulder.
Jordan didn’t play in the preseason finale on Thursday night, which was no surprise as the recent return to practice and ongoing concerns about the shoulder outweigh the need for Jordan to make up for lost time at this point on the calendar. Jordan said that he felt that he’ll be ready to help the Dolphins defense when they take the field for their next game.
“If they need me to play, then I will be out there,” Jordan said, via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post. “I can play.”
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin would only say “we’ll see” when asked by reporters after the game if Jordan would play against the Browns on September 8, but his return to the field this week would seem to be a good sign about his chances of being there against Cleveland. With good depth on the defensive line, the Dolphins would be able to limit Jordan’s snaps to both protect his shoulder and maximize the chances he’ll make an impact as a pass rusher.