A day after signing a four-year, $20.6 million contract with the Miami Dolphins, rookie defensive end Dion Jordan was forced to sit out the first day of training camp due to his lingering shoulder injury. The Dolphins, who drafted Jordan with the third pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, trading up nine spots to select him, put the athletic phenom on the non-football injury (NFI) list.
Jordan is waiting for his surgically repaired right shoulder to heal so he can get out on the field with his new team. The rookie was understandably disappointed with missing the first day: “It’s really frustrating to not be out there, but I understand my health is the main concern” (ESPN).
Jordan went on to say that he trusts the team doctors and coaches to handle the situation correctly: “Coach and the people in the training room decided it was best for me. 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.”
If Jordan isn’t activated before the regular season begins, he will be forced to miss the first six weeks of games.