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Friday, May 3, 2013
Observations from Dolphins rookie camp

By James Walker

DAVIE, Fla. -- When you're the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft, major expectations are thrust upon you to immediately make an impact.

That is one of the challenges facing Miami Dolphins rookie defensive end Dion Jordan. But another hurdle is to not rush back to prove himself following offseason shoulder surgery.

Jordan partially participated Friday in the opening of Miami's three-day rookie mini-camp. Miami's first-round pick took part in drills but not in team scrimmages. Jordan recently had shoulder surgery on Feb. 28.

"With me right now, the main thing is taking care of my body," Jordan said after practice. "I will do what I can while I'm here, as far as soaking everything up."

Dolphins second-year head coach Joe Philbin said there is no timetable for Jordan's return. The surgery was not a big enough concern to deter Miami from trading up to the No. 3 pick to take Jordan, and it's just a matter of when he will get back to 100 percent.

"He’s going to get himself well as quickly and completely as he possibly can, whenever that is," Philbin said. "And when the medical people deem that he's healthy, he will be joining us on a full-time basis."

Here are some other notes from Miami’s first rookie practice: