Dion Jordan should NOT be playing on special teams

Friday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins released their final injury report before their season opener.  As we have expected, Dion Jordan is expected to play and is listed as probable.  Jordan hasn’t played in a game since re-injuring his shoulder against the Jaguars in the Dolphins 2nd preseason game.  He’s been practicing for over a week now and as Kevin Coyle said earlier this week, he’s expected to have a ‘significant role’ in the defensive gameplan.  Hopefully Jordan’s injury is behind him and he can focus on getting better on the football field now.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

While we’re on the topic of Dion Jordan and his return from a torn labrum, have you heard that the Dolphins plan on using him on kickoff coverage?  Joe Philbin said so earlier this week.  I’m sorry, but there is no easy or polite way to say this.  The idea that you are going to have a player on kickoff coverage who was the #3 overall pick in the draft who you believe will be a beastly pass rusher, is idiotic.   First, the Dolphins will have 46 other players active on Sunday.  Can they not find 10 other good players (other than Sturgis) that can cover a kickoff?  Kickoffs are usually when the most violent hits occur because you have players running 50 yards at a full sprint only to run into another player.

Second, Dion Jordan was drafted to be the long term starter at defensive end opposite Cameron Wake.  He does not need to be on the kick coverage team…..especially when….you know…..HE MISSED MOST OF THE PRESEASON WITH A SHOULDER INJURY!  This makes absolutely no sense to me.  None whatsoever.

If the Dolphins want to put Jordan in to try to block a field goal late in a game, that wouldn’t bother me.  Even trying to block a punt, not the worst thing the in world.  But to ask a guy with a bad shoulder to run at full speed, into another 300 pound player….it’s just stupid.  I’m keeping my emotions in check (I’m sure you can tell) because my brain refuses to process the thought of this actually happening.  If it happens on Sunday, look out.   I’m done ranting for now.

Another noteworthy player listed on the injury report is Dimitri Patterson.  Patterson is the Dolphins starting cornerback, opposite Brent Grimes.  Patterson was downgraded to questionable on Friday.  However, it seems as though the team still expects him to be able to play on Sunday.  Let’s hope so, because the Dolphins will already be without rookie cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis.   In addition to Taylor and Davis, Pat Devlin has been ruled out of the season opener.

Others listed as probable on the injury report include: LB Jonathan Freeny, DE Vaughn Martin, TE Dion Sims, and S Jimmy Wilson.  For the Browns, G Shawn Lauvao and 1st round pick LB Barkevious Mingo are both out.  DL Ahtyba Rubin did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable, as is DB Buster Skrine.  The Browns listed as probable include: WR Davone Bess, DL Desmond Bryant, TE Jordan Cameron, LB Eric Martin, DB Chris Owens, and LB Jabaal Sheard.

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