Monday, August 12, 2013

Dolphins being 'real careful' with Dion Jordan


Dion Jordan isn't expected to start the season at the top of the depth chart despite the Miami Dolphins trading up to draft the pass rusher at No. 3 overall.

Jordan missed OTAs and sat out part of the start of training camp as he recovered from shoulder surgery, which he had in February. The former Oregon Duck was eased into practice leading up to the team's first two preseason games, but he was shut down after a small handful of snaps Friday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars and hasn't been on the field since.

“We’ve obviously taken some precaution as we move forward with Dion, not wanting to overload him,” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said Monday, via Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel.

Coyle said the team has "a plan in place" to get him full-go by the start of the regular season in three weeks.  “We’d like to see as much of him as we can, but we’re going to be real careful how we proceed," he added.

According to Kelly, Jordan "has been participating in a rehab assignment with the team’s trainers the past two days." Obviously the team is a little concerned with Jordan's health.

Oliver Vernon will enter the season as the team's starter opposite star pass-rusher Cameron Wake, and Jordan will see the field almost exclusively on passing downs.
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