Dolphins DT Jordan Phillips shows team-first outlook on ankle injury

Jordan Phillips is taking a selfless approach to his ankle injury. (Getty Images)

DAVIE—The ankle injury Jordan Phillips suffered in the Dolphins’ season opener seemed to have the worst possible timing. Not that there’s ever a convenient time to get hurt, but he was really trending upwardly at the time.

He fought back to reclaim his starting job from rookie Davon Godchaux with a strong close to the preseason and was playing well in that game, a 19-17 win over the Chargers, then spent the next two weeks on the sideline because of the injury.

That allowed Godchaux and fellow rookie Vincent Taylor to get some valuable snaps, and that’s the most important aspect of the injury to Phillips.

“If anything, it made our room stronger,” he said. “It made the young guys get a little bit more experience and it’s put us in a better place.

“It’s not about me. That’s the way I’m looking at it. If we’re better as a group now because I was gone, then it served its purpose. When I get back, I can help the room out like we’ve been doing.”

Phillips missed the Jets and Saints games and remains in question for Miami’s home opener against Tennessee on Sunday. He was a full participant in today’s practice, which is a good sign that he’ll return soon.

Phillips declined to say whether he was close last week and described it as a day-to-day injury. He’s still not back to full strength.

While he’s been out, he’s been very attentive to Godchaux and Taylor. Phillips thinks of himself as essentially an extra defensive line coach.

“I’m just a third pair of eyes between (Terrell Williams) and (Andre Carter), just trying to help out,” he said. “Godchaux and Vince come to me if they think they didn’t see something right or just want to have a question about something, they can feel comfortable enough to come talk to me about it. That’s what I try to do for them.”

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