The Miami Dolphins opened training camp Sunday with one major piece of news: they placed rookie Dion Jordan on the non-football injury (NFI) list.
He will be unable to practice for the duration of the time he spends on the list.
Jordan, the first-round pick who signed with the team Saturday, is still recovering from surgery for a torn labrum that was performed before the draft.
NFI functions essentially the same as the preseason physically unable to perform list. He still counts against the team's 90-man roster and can come off the list at any time.
The move gives the Dolphins some protection in case Jordan is unable to play at the start of the season. They could then put him on the physically unable to perform list, which would keep him out of the first six weeks of the season, but he wouldn't take up one of the team's 53 regular season roster spots.
Speaking to reporters after Sunday's practice, Jordan would not say when he expects to return.
When Joe Philbin was asked if he was concerned about Jordan falling far behind, the Dolphins coach responded: "No."