Aug 9, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins rookie DE Dion Jordan practices. Hopes to play in opener


The Miami Dolphins have been without rookie defensive end Dion Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, for much of the preseason, and he may not be ready for the Sept. 8 season opener against the Cleveland Browns.

But there was some progress today as Jordan, who has been out for nearly three weeks as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery, returned for individual drills.

“Anytime I get a chance to go out there and just compete and mix it up and get a chance to make myself better, it’s a big day,” Jordan said. “So I was out there and did a little bit more. That’s the plan.”

Jordan played in the first two preseason game before the team sat him so he could continue to rehab the shoulder. Jordan had a torn labrum in his right shoulder that he suffered last year while playing college football at the University of Oregon. He didn’t have surgery on it until February.

Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin said today he wouldn’t give specifics on Jordan’s progress:

“He’s out here practicing, he’s healthy enough to practice and that’s what he did today. He practiced.”



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