Here are some notes from Thursday’s practice:
Miami No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan met with the media for the first time in about two weeks. Jordan re-aggravated his shoulder injury in Miami’s second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jordan had shoulder surgery in February and said he doesn’t have a timeline to return. When asked about Week 1 of the regular season, Jordan also said he wasn't sure if he'd be ready by then. "It's my body so I know when I'm ready to go or when I'm not ready to go," Jordan explained. "It wouldn't be a surprise [if I'm not ready]."
Dolphins offensive lineman Nate Garner made his first appearance in practice this week. He also has a shoulder injury and rehabbed on the side. Garner missed practice all week and is unlikely to play Saturday against the Buccaneers. But the fact that he’s rehabbing with the team shows progress.
Miami projected starting guard John Jerry (knee) is expected to make his preseason debut this weekend. He's practiced all week and needs to work off the rust after missing a majority of training camp. “It’s always good to have [reps]; I don’t care how many years you’ve played football,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “It’s good to get some game snaps under your belt before the [regular] season starts.”
Miami defensive tackle Randy Starks (knee) practiced Thursday and hasn’t missed a day this week. Starks is expected to make his preseason debut Saturday and will rotate with fellow defensive tackles Paul Soliai and Jared Odrick.
Dolphins backup safety Jordan Kovacs worked on the side with trainers with what appears to be a leg injury. Kovacs has not practiced all week and also is unlikely to play. Kovacs is on the bubble to make the Dolphins and may need to get healthy fast. Miami backup offensive lineman Will Yeatman also missed practice again on Thursday.
The Dolphins will have a walkthrough on Friday that is closed to the media. Miami will play Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET against the Buccaneers.