Jordan a Spectator at Start of Camp

DE Dion Jordan

For first-round pick Dion Jordan, signing his rookie contract before the start of training camp was important. Even if he already knew he was going to be a spectator in those early days as he continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery.

Jordan was among the 90 players who took part in the first practice of training camp Sunday morning, but he was the only one held out as the team placed him on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.

"Right now, the main thing for me is to take care of my body and make sure I'm healthy so when I go out there I'm able to help the team because that's what I want to do," Jordan said after practice. "I want to be able to help these guys and I can't do it if I'm not 100 percent. So I'm going to take care of my body and make sure I'm ready to go."

Jordan underwent labrum surgery on Feb. 27, not long after putting on an impressive display at the scouting combine.

The Dolphins can take Jordan off the Active/NFI list at any point during training camp when he's ready to start practicing.

Coach Joe Philbin's only comment regarding the move of putting Jordan on Active/NFI was the team felt it was the best option.

The move gives the Dolphins the option of having Jordan start the season on Reserve/NFI, which would sideline for the first six games.

When asked about how quickly he thought he would be able to get back to practice, Jordan deferred to Philbin.

"You've got to talk to Coach as far as long they're going to be holding me out," Jordan said. "For me, taking care of my body is my main thing. I want to be able to have a long career, a good career, so I'm going to do whatever I've got to do to make sure that's possible."

While he's out, Jordan says he's going to try to learn as much as he possibly can while watching and listening to his teammates.

It's clearly not the ideal start to camp for Jordan, who became the last Dophins draft pick to sign when he agreed to a contract Saturday.

"For any athlete, where this is your job or this is your whole motivation, it's really frustrating not to be out there and (have to) watch the guys go," Jordan said. "I understand that my health is the main concern right now, so that's what I'm going to focus on.

"I knew a couple of days ago, but it's just something that Coach and the people in the training room decided was the best thing for me.

"All I can do right now really is watch and listen, so I'm going to open my ears and open my eyes and soak everything in so when it's time to go I'll be ready."

The bottom line for Jordan is that he's happy that at least he's in camp.

"For me it was really important because this is something that I've always looked forward to doing. I just had to make sure I took the proper steps. Like I said, the people in the training room and the coaches have the best interest in mind for me, so I'm going to listen to them and do what I have to do to get ready."

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