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Mending Dion Jordan ‘totally engaged’ in meetings, rehab

Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, foreground, is shown during an NFL organized team activities football in 2014.
Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, foreground, is shown during an NFL organized team activities football in 2014. AP

Dion Jordan remains on the non-football injury list with a knee injury, but defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is impressed with the progress he’s made.

“He's been totally engaged in meetings and with his rehab,” Joseph said. “He needs time to get healthy. Once he gets healthy, we'll get him out there.”

Although Jordan was a collegiate linebacker and played the position some with the Dolphins, Joseph intends to use Jordan at defensive end when he does return.

Vance Joseph, Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator, talks about the status of Dion Jordan and cornerback Tony Lippett.

When Jordan returns, it will make a difficult roster decision even more so. Joseph intimated that the Dolphins will only keep five ends, with Jordan, Chris McCain and Terrence Fede battling for one spot.

Joseph called McCain “a natural pass-rusher” who needs to do a better job of setting the edge in running play.

▪  Joseph, on new cornerback Chris Culliver: “Obviously he's a six-foot corner that's played well in the past. Obviously, he's got some injuries that we have to work through, but healthy, he's a guy who can help us.”

▪  Joseph praised backup linebackers Mike Hull and Neville Hewitt, who have a clear edge over the injured Zach Vigil.

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