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Dolphins’ top pick Dion Jordan starts training camp on injury list

7/22/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Miami Dolphins’ top draft pick Dion Jordan is already behind in preparations for his first NBA season and on Sunday he sat out the first training camp practice as well, while recovering from shoulder surgery.
 
The Oregon standout Dion Jordan, who played at both defensive end and linebacker positions for the Ducks during his collegiate career, wore the No. 95 jersey but was forced to watch the practice from the sideline with his surgically repaired right shoulder still not fully healed.  The Dallas Cowboys decided to place Dion Jordan on the non-football injury result, with training camp opening on Sunday. Dion Jordan also declined to predict when he might be able to take the field again, given that his shoulder injury has fully recovered.
 
"It's really frustrating to not be out there," Dion Jordan said, "but I understand my health is the main concern."
 
Dion Jordan can bounce back to the active roster any time before the regular season. But if he isn’t activated by the Miami Dolphins for the season opener, then Dion Jordan will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the 2013-14 season.
 
The Miami Dolphins’ third overall pick signed his four-year contract worth $20.6 million, which included a 13.3 million signing bonus, on Saturday juts a day before training camp started. Although Dion Jordan had been in South Florida with his teammates over the past two months, he sat out the Miami Dolphins’ entire offseason practices, while strictly working on individual drills.
 
Miami Dolphins second-year coach Joe Philbin also declined to discuss Dion Jordan’s injury status, though he did not suggest concerns over the rookie falling behind in adapting to the NFL.  Dion Jordan said that he was informed by the Miami Dolphins a couple of days ahead of training camp that he would be placed on the non-football injury list.
 
"Coach and the people in the training room decided it was best for me,” Dion Jordan said. "I want to be able to have a good career, a long career. I'm going to do what I have to do right now to make sure that's possible."
 
The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Dion Jordan totaled 14.5 career sacks at Oregon, missed playing time with the Ducks last season due to a torn labrum, and underwent surgery to repair his shoulder in February. However, the Miami Dolphins were not put off by Dion Jordan’s injury status as they traded up nine spots to take him as the first defensive player coming off the board in the 2013 NFL draft.
 
However, the Miami Dolphins are still uncertain to what role Dion Jordan fits in with the team, He wasn’t as every down-down player in college, and while the Miami Dolphins expect Dion Jordan to immediately help the team as a pass-rush specialist, there are still doubts about whether he’s more suited to play linebacker or defensive end,
 
The Miami Dolphins have 44 new players, Dion Jordan included, on their offseason roster, and with at least seven projected to compete for starting jobs. The team has also been busy in free agency. Now, the team expects of all their rookies – led by Dion Jordan – to make significant contribution towards turning the page on their four-season losing streak.
 
"It's a good group," Joe Philbin said. "There are some good pieces to work with. This is the beginning."
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