DAVIE–The Dolphins have made a decision on Dion Jordan playing this season, but Adam Gase was content to let the media and everyone else hold their breath until Tuesday’s deadline to find out.
“You guys can wait for that one,” he said coyly.
Jordan presents an interesting choice. He’s been on the Non-Football Injury list all season, and the team must place him on the active roster by the end of the day Tuesday or he’ll sit out the rest of the year. If he’s not activated, he can’t even practice.
The Dolphins have been waiting to see if he can be a contributor after not playing since late in the 2014 season. He had numerous on- and off-field struggles after the team drafted him No. 3 overall in 2013 and has been working back from offseason knee surgery. The team has kept him around all year, even taking him on the road, and his recent practice work has been somewhat encouraging.
“It’s businesslike,” defensive end Andre Branch said. “Man, Dion’s great. He’s athletic and he wants to learn. That’s the good thing about Dion. He asks questions and he definitely wants to learn.
“He looks good. He’s taller than me, heavier than me, so he definitely looks the part. We won’t know until the pads go on and he goes against someone physically, but for right now he looks amazing.”
One complication in this scenario is Ryan Tannehill’s knee injury. The team must add another quarterback for Saturday’s game at the Jets, meaning it needs to shed a player to make room. That would likely be Tannehill or Mike Pouncey going on Injured reserve, or waiving a player. Taking care of the quarterback problem and adding Jordan would require clearing two spots.
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