Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan is expected to practice Wednesday for the first time in nearly two years.
Jordan, who has been on the non-football injury list all season with a knee injury, has been cleared to practice, although it’s not clear how much he will do.
In the few times Jordan has been around reporters during his four-month knee rehabilitation stint, he has not looked 100 percent. Jordan has had two procedures on the same knee since the summer.
Still, it’s a huge step forward for a player who was out of football for all of 2015 after multiple failed drug tests. The Dolphins had to decide by this week whether to allow Jordan to practice or keep him on NFI for the rest of the season. Now, they have three additional weeks to evaluate the defensive end and decide if he can play this season.
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The timing is actually pretty good for the Dolphins, who will be without Jason Jones for the next two weeks. Jones is serving a two-game suspenion for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Jones was arrested during the offseason on a charge of operating while intoxicated.
Jordan, meanwhile, has not played since Dec. 28, 2014, when he started and recorded four tackles in a loss to the Jets.