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Dolphins open camp with Jordan on injury list

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DAVIE, Fla. -- Rookie defensive end Dion Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, did not take part in the Miami Dolphins' first practice Sunday and was placed on the non-football injury list after signing with the team Saturday.

Jordan, who will wear No. 95 this season, confirmed that his surgically-repaired shoulder is the reason missing practice, which was attended by 2,700 fans.

"It is," he said when asked if the shoulder was the issue.

On Saturday, Jordan, an athletic pass rusher from Oregon, signed a contract reported to be worth $20.6 million over four years, including a $13.3 million signing bonus.

Neither Jordan nor Dolphins coach Joe Philbin gave a timeline for the rookie's return to action. But Jordan did admit he is already frustrated.

"You know, for any athlete you know when this is your job and this is what your whole motivation is, it's really frustrating to not be out there," Jordan said. "I understand that my health is the main concern right now so that's what I'm going to focus on.

"The main thing for me is to take care of my body and make sure I'm healthy, so when I get out there I'm able to help the team and I can't do it if I'm not 100 percent."

Meanwhile, two other important newcomers to the Dolphins did get on the field -- speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace, formerly of Pittsburgh, and linebacker Danell Ellerbe, from Baltimore.

Cornerback Brent Grimes said he will benefit from the presence of Wallace.

"It's good to go against because he's probably, I mean, if not the fastest it's probably top three, one or two," Grimes said. "So if you cover him you're not going to see too many people running like that during the season, so it's good work."

Ellerbe said the names might be different but he noted the same high expectations as he did last year on the Super Bowl champion Ravens.

"It's not much so about names than the way these guys work again, and our team works hard," Ellerbe said. "You can have a lot of names on the team but when you've got a team that works together and everybody working for a certain goal, you can get the most out of everybody.

"We aren't predicting anything or say we are going to do this or that. We want to work and get better each and every day."
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