Dion Jordan’s twice-repaired knee “felt good” in his first organized practice in nearly two years, but the former No. 3 draft pick is far from certain that he’ll play in 2016.
“I don't know,” Jordan said after helping the Dolphins distribute some 500 Thanksgiving dinners to local families in need Wednesday. “It's kind of hard to tell. It's my health, man. It's my body. If my body tells me I'm not ready to go out there and perform with the best athletes, I'm not going to put myself out there. The way everything's been going, it's been going well. I've got high hopes for myself to go out and compete before the season ends.”
Jordan spent the first 11 weeks of the season on the non-football injury list after suffering a knee injury during his yearlong drug suspension. He’s had two procedures on the knee since the summer, and wasn’t physically able to practice before Wednesday.
Jordan participated in the team’s glorified walk-through Wednesday, and said “it was a lot of fun.”
Despite the need for multiple surgeries, Jordan wasn’t concerned that his knee injury would be a chronic issue. But he does know the time-line doesn’t set up well for a 2016 return. The Dolphins have just six games remaining in their season.
“For me to rush it, I could potentially hurt myself more,” Jordan said. “The smart thing to do is continue the rehab and the stuff that the Dolphins have been having me go through. Trust them and trust myself to know when it's time to be out there.”
Jordan said he’s been granted full reinstatement by the league after fulfilling the obligations criteria set out by Commissioner Roger Goodell. He hasn’t played since December 2014, and during his time away from football, “learned a lot about myself – learning how to be a professional, understanding this is a huge opportunity for myself to take advantage.”
Jordan added: “I made a mistake. I know moving forward the potential (trouble) I put myself in, I wasn’t living the way that would have benefited me with football or without. I wouldn’t change anything.”