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Top Dolphins pick Jordan misses 1st practice

Sunday - 7/21/2013, 4:32pm  ET

Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, center, talks to members of the media after an NFL football practice, Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the Dolphins Training Facility in Davie, Fla. Jordan, the Dolphins top draft pick, is sitting out the start of training camp because his surgically repaired right shoulder has not fully healed, and he has been placed on the non-football injury list. The Dolphins open training camp with more than half a dozen new starters and high hopes of ending their four-year streak of losing seasons. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Already behind in preparations for his first NFL season, Miami Dolphins top draft pick Dion Jordan sat out the first training camp practice Sunday, and declined to predict when he might take the field.

The defensive end and linebacker from Oregon wore uniform No. 95 but watched from the sideline because his surgically repaired right shoulder has not fully healed. He was placed on the non-football injury list.

"It's really frustrating to not be out there," Jordan said, "but I understand my health is the main concern."

Jordan can join the active roster at any time before the regular season. If he isn't activated by then, he must miss the first six weeks of the season.

The third overall pick in the draft, Jordan signed a $20.6 million, four-year contract Saturday that included a $13.3 million signing bonus. He has been in South Florida for the past two months working out with teammates, but sat out all of the Dolphins' offseason practices.

Coach Joe Philbin declined to discuss Jordan's status but said he's not concerned about the rookie falling behind. Jordan said he was told in the past couple of days he would be placed on the NFI list.

"Coach and the people in the training room decided it was best for me," he said. "I want to be able to have a good career, a long career. I'm going to do what I have to do right now to make sure that's possible."

Jordan, who totaled 14
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