NFL teams were required to reach the 75-man roster limit by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, and the Miami Dolphins decided to do that by placing defensive end Dion Jordan and linebacker Zach Vigil on the reserve/non-football injury, effectively keeping both players off the field until Week 7 at the earliest.
Jordan, who was drafted third overall in the 2013 NFL draft by the Dolphins, hasn't played since 2014 when he had 20 tackles and a sack in his ten games played. He was suspended in April 2015 for multiple violations of the NFL’s drug policy and was reinstated conditionally on July 29, provided he meets specific requirements, which mandate that Jordan must go through counseling and be re-evaluated before the start of the regular season.
But when Jordan arrived at the facility in late July, the Dolphins found out that Jordan had recently undergone knee surgery, which kept him out of the entirety of training camp. Miami is indicated that the plan for Jordan is to keep him at defensive end instead of trying to convert him to linebacker, but first he actually has to get on the field for it to matter.
Jordan is still returning the $3.35 million dollar signing bonus Miami gave him when he signed. That bonus is worth more than what Jordan will make in salary this season.
Zach Vigil was an undrafted free agent signed last season out of Utah State, and he started two games for the Dolphins at middle linebacker, making 18 tackles in 16 games. Vigil has missed the entirety of camp with a back injury.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter @FLSportDebater
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