DAVIE–The Dolphins have less than a week to decide whether Dion Jordan is going to play this season.
Jordan, the team’s first-round pick in 2013, has been practicing the past two weeks, but does not appear ready to play. He remains on the Non-Football Injury list and will stay there the rest of the year if Miami doesn’t add him to its active roster by Tuesday.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase has been pleased with Jordan’s approach, but his comments after Friday’s practice weren’t promising when it comes to Jordan playing this season.
“He’s done everything he’s been asked to do,” Gase said. “He’s been fighting and trying to figure out a way to contribute. I know it hasn’t been easy for him. It’s been one of those things where we start going, setback, start going, setback. I know that can’t be easy when you’re fighting through that. It’s not an easy thing mentally, especially for a young guy. You just want to play and contribute, and things don’t always go the way you want.”
Gase will meet with executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum and general manager Chris Grier today and tomorrow, and the team’s plan for Jordan is on the agenda to discuss. He does not count against the 53-man roster limit while on the NFI list.
The only issue at this point is whether he’s healthy enough — and good enough — to be a productive player. Jordan, 26, has satisfied all his requirements with the NFL, but has been rehabbing from knee surgery. While he has been doing field work, he has yet to be a full participant in practice.
When asked if it was imperative that Jordan be ready to play immediately upon being activated, as opposed to activating him with the hope that he’d be back for one or both of the final two games, Gase said that hasn’t been determined. If the team does not activate him, he cannot continue practicing.
“We have some things we were looking for before he could start practicing,” he said. “We’ll go back and evaluate that information. But we have a lot of moving pieces with sports science, strength and conditioning and the trainers. We’ve gotta get all the information together and sit down and make a decision.”
Very little has gone right for Jordan since the Dolphins traded up to get him at No. 3 overall. He played off the bench as a rookie and was suspended twice for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy the following year.
He has not played since late in the 2014 season after being suspended for all of 2015 and undergoing knee surgery this year. He has completed all of the league’s requirements to play again, but his health has hindered him.
The next decision Miami would have to make is whether to exercise its team-option on him for 2017, the last season of his rookie deal.
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