DAVIE – Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, the No. 3 pick of the draft who had missed the past two weeks with a shoulder problem, participated in the portion of practice media is allowed to view on Tuesday. That could mean he’s on track to play Thursday against New Orleans or in the Sept. 8 season opener at Cleveland.
The media gets to watch the first 15 or 20 minutes of practice. Last week Jordan said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if he wasn’t ready for the season opener.
But just as Jordan returned, another key defensive player went down.
Cornerback Nolan Carroll, the starter in the nickel (five defensive backs) package and a key special teams player, stopped practicing early Tuesday and received attention from trainer Kevin O’Neill regarding an apparent back ailment. Safety Jimmy Wilson took snaps with the first-team nickel defense in Carroll’s place.
Carroll’s non-participation takes on slightly more significance considering rookie cornerback Will Davis (left foot), a key reserve, missed his second consecutive day of practice. Carroll squatted gingerly and at one point grabbed his back during the early part of practice, and when the defensive backs did drills he to the side.
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