5 things to know about recently reinstated Dolphin Dion Jordan

Dion Jordan #95 of the Miami Dolphins reacts to winning a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Dion Jordan #95 of the Miami Dolphins reacts to winning a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan was conditionally reinstated by the NFL on Friday. The 26-year-old is scheduled to return after missing the entire 2015 season due to a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. His return is predicated on passing a re-evaluation, which will take place before the start of the season, following counseling.

Jordan, who was also suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season and another four games later that same season, will look to turn this third “second” chance into a productive season.

Here are five things to remember about Dion Jordan.

  • He was the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft

The Dolphins selected Jordan No. 3 after acquiring the draft pick from the Oakland Raiders. The only players selected above him were offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel. The first skill player selected in that draft was Tavon Austin, who went to the Rams at No. 8. Other notable players picked after Jordan include Packers running back Eddie Lacy and Steelers back Le’Veon Bell.

  • He was a dominant player at Oregon

Jordan spent four years at the University of Oregon, where he really just ran over opponents. In his sophomore season, he made 33 total tackles, 5.5 for a loss, with two sacks. He followed that up as a junior by posting 42 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks the next season. His senior season saw a drop in some of his numbers, as he made 44 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks, but he did force three fumbles that year.

  • He ran track and field in high school

As a high schooler at Chandler High School in Arizona, Jordan ran track and field. He competed in the 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles, as well as the shot put and long jump. In 2008, his senior season, he set a personal record of 14.38 seconds in the 110m hurdles at the state championships. His personal record in the 300m hurdles was 38.95 seconds.

  • He had surgery to repair a torn labrum in 2013

Jordan announced at the NFL Draft Combine in 2013 that he would undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum. The surgery took between three and four months to heal and largely derailed the summer before his rookie season. However, Jordan was able to recover and appear in 16 games that year, making 19 tackles and two sacks.

  • He is signed through 2017

If Jordan can put together a productive season, the Dolphins would still have him under contract for another year — relatively inexpensively, too. This year, Jordan is set to cost the Dolphins a $5.4 million cap hit, but next season, that cap hit is reduced to $3.2 million. Should he put it together, Jordan still has time to give the Dolphins some value from his rookie contract.

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