DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins will not begin filling out an injury report until Wednesday, but all indications from players and coaches are that No. 3 overall draft pick Dion Jordan (shoulder) is expected to play in Sunday's regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns.
"He got a good amount of reps in practice today, so we're excited about that," defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said Monday. "At the end of the week, we'll feel better to judge where he's at. But he's going to have a significant role in the game plan this week, I guarantee you that."
Jordan, who missed the final three preseason games, sounded just as optimistic.
"I'm going to be excited," the defensive end said of playing Sunday. "This is my first real, official regular-season football game. I'm going to probably have to control my emotions, so when I get out there I'm able to help out this team so I can get the 'W.'"
Jordan spent most of the offseason on the mend after having right shoulder surgery in February. He returned briefly for training camp but re-injured his shoulder in the second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
This is the second straight week Jordan has been full-go in practices. Barring any late setbacks, it would be surprising if he doesn't make his NFL debut Sunday in Cleveland.