Miami Dolphins‘ first round draft pick defensive end Dion Jordan will play this weekend in the season opener against the Cleveland Browns. Jordan has been recovering from a shoulder injury all offseason and could be used at least in certain packages.
“We haven’t made any final decisions yet,” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said on Monday. “Today he got a good number of reps in practice, so we are excited about that. At the end of the week, we’ll really feel better able to judge exactly where he’s at, but he’s going to have a significant role in the game plan this week, I can guarantee you that.”
He might even see special teams play.
“We’ll have starters on special teams,” coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday.
“It’s a critical play in football, the coverage, we’re going to use whoever we feel is going to be the best to help us pin the opponent down,” Philbin said Monday. “Whoever that may be.”
He was asked if that included Jordan.
“We think we have a chance to be a very, very good special teams unit,” Philbin said. “We want to utilize our personnel in the best way possible. If he is on one of those teams, then we’ve come to the conclusion that is going to help that particular phase of special teams.”