DAVIE, Fla.(AP) — With his NFL career yet to start, Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick Dion Jordan decided he didn't want to fall any farther behind.
After signing with the Dolphins Saturday, Jordan will be sitting out the start of training camp. His surgically repaired right shoulder has not fully healed, and he has been placed on the non-football injury list.
The defensive end and linebacker from Oregon wore uniform No. 95 Sunday but watched the first practice from the sideline. He and coach Joe Philbin declined to say how long Jordan was likely to be out.
Jordan can join the active roster at any time before the regular season. If he isn't activated by then, he must remain out for the first six weeks of the season.
Jordan has been in South Florida for the past two months working out with teammates, but conceded he had ground to make up because of the practices he missed.
The third overall pick in the draft, Jordan signed a $20.6 million, four-year contract Saturday that included a $13.3 million signing bonus.
The Dolphins swung a trade with Oakland to move up nine spots to pick up the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Jordan . Miami projects he'll upgrade a defense that tied for fourth-worst in the league in takeaways last year.
Jordan totaled 14½ career sacks as a speed rusher in college and has drawn comparisons to former Dolphin Jason Taylor. Jordan may initially be a pass-rush specialist with the Dolphins, but they anticipate he'll eventually become an every-down end in their 4-3 scheme opposite Cameron Wake, who has 43 sacks over the past four seasons.
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