Jordan may miss Dolphins' opener

DAVIE, Fla. — After sitting out most of practice for a second consecutive week, Miami Dolphins first-round pick Dion Jordan said Thursday he might not be ready for the start of the regular season.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since being sidelined, Jordan was asked whether he'd be surprised if he can't go on Sept. 8 at Cleveland.

"It's my body, so I know when I'm ready to go or when I'm not ready to go," said the first defensive player taken in the 2013 draft. "It wouldn't be a surprise at all."

Jordan hasn't taken part in a full practice since Miami's 27-3 preseason victory at Jacksonville on Aug. 9. Jordan did non-contact work early in practice Thursday, before doing side work with a trainer.

Jordan underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Feb. 28 and began training camp on the non-football injury list. He came off the list and began practicing on the third day of camp.

Jordan played in the Hall of Fame game against Dallas on Aug. 4, but was limited to seven defensive snaps the following week against Jacksonville.

"I tore my labrum last year; for me the most important thing is to get healthy," Jordan said. "It's not a surprise to me at all. I want to get healthy. So I'm going to do what I have to do to make sure I'm there."

Jordan said he didn't have any idea when he'd be back at practice, deferring questions to coach Joe Philbin. Philbin has a standing policy of not discussing injuries during training camp.

"Right now I'm just doing what I'm told," Jordan said. " Rest is really important right now for me, so I'm doing whatever I have to do get myself prepared for this year, this season."

Niners

The San Francisco 49ers have added another quarterback to the competition to be Colin Kaepernick's backup, signing nine-year veteran Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract Thursday.

While Colt McCoy had appeared to be the favorite to win the No. 2 job coming into training camp, neither he nor Scott Tolzien have separated themselves. Even rookie B.J. Daniels has been deemed a contender, though clearly Wallace now will get a chance with little time to prepare before the Sept. 8 season opener against Green Bay.

Wallace, who was competing with Luke McCown to back up Drew Brees in New Orleans, had his contract terminated by the Saints on Monday.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday that McCoy likely would play second after Kaepernick's stint is done in Sunday night's exhibition against Minnesota at Candlestick Park. McCoy, Tolzien and Daniels each have been getting regular repetitions in practice with the No. 2 offense, Harbaugh said.

Steelers

Le'Veon Bell's rehab from a sprained foot includes an exercise that requires the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back to pick up marbles with his toes.

"Nothing crazy," Bell said with a laugh.

And, apparently, nothing serious either.

Bell will sit out Saturday night's exhibition game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a sprained right foot.

Coach Mike Tomlin declined to put an exact timetable on Bell's return but pointed to the fact surgery will not be required as an encouraging sign.


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