The Palm Beach Post reported earlier tonight that Dion Jordan was fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. That may be the case, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to hit anybody.
Being relegated to limited participation for the first one or two weeks of practice and possibly missing the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on August 4th, won’t bode well for Jordan’s prospects of cracking the starting lineup.
Sitting out valuable reps for 10 or so practices will be a difficult hurdle to overcome for Jordan in his bid to start at defensive end alongside Cameron Wake.
Jared Odrick is a proven starter who is stout against the run. He doesn’t have the potential Jordan does as a pass rusher, but he’s a sure thing.
Jordan won’t be given Odrick’s job without proving himself on the field. Proving himself will be more difficult, at least in the short term, in light of tonight’s news.