The Miami Dolphins have placed their first round draft pick, defensive end Dion Jordan, on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list, according to a report from Pro Football Talk. Jordan signed his contract with the Dolphins on Saturday in order to make sure he would be in training camp on time, with the first practice today.
The move is really not all that surprising. Jordan is rehabbing from shoulder surgery he had in February, and is likely not going to be medically cleared for full practice for another week or two. The team can remove him from the list at any point between now and the end of the preseason. If he remains on the list after the final set of cuts at the end of August, Jordan would have to miss the first six weeks of the season.
However, with the shoulder needing a couple of weeks to fully heal, Jordan should be off the list well prior to that becoming a possibility.
The NFI list will prevent Jordan from conducting practice with the team, but he will be allowed to attend all team meetings. During practice, Jordan will be allowed to conduct rehab work.