The Miami Dolphins traded up to the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to select Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan. Since then, he has recorded 46 tackles and three sacks in 26 games played. Jordan has not been on the field since 2014 thanks to various suspensions and injuries. Finally reinstated and able to play this year, Jordan has been on the Dolphins’ Non-Football Injury list all season as he rehabs from knee surgery.
The Dolphins have decided to not activate Jordan from the NFI, according to Armando Salguero, ending any chance of him making his return to the team this season. The Dolphins had until 4pm ET today to decide whether to activate him off the NFI list and put him on the 53-man roster, or to end his ability to practice with the team.
The Dolphins have three games remaining this season, starting with Saturday’s game at the New York Jets. They follow that up with with a game at the Buffalo Bills then home against the New England Patriots. The team is currently 8-5 on the season and tied for the last position in the AFC Wildcard race.
Jordan’s presence on the field could have been a help to Miami this year, with the team possibly using him either as a depth option at defensive end, or potentially as a coverage linebacker. He also could have returned to the special teams, where he played on both field goal block teams and on kick coverage teams.