Dion Jordan has been cleared by the NFL to resume practicing when he’s medically fit, Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post reports. Jordan, a defensive end, missed the 2015 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Jordan returned to Dolphins training camp last week after being conditionally reinstated by the league. He had been able to attend meetings and get treatment but now is permitted to do more than just strength and conditioning work, having satisfied the NFL’s checklist toward compliance. But it may be a few more weeks before he’s physically able to ramp up his workload.
Last week, Darren Rizzi, the Dolphins’ assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, pointed out the contributions Jordan used to make on special teams, whether it was blocking kicks or occupying blockers to enable teammates to block them.
“There’s no doubt about the fact that when Dion was out here and played special teams for us a couple of years ago, he was a force,” Rizzi said. “He made plays and he was consistent.”