Dion Jordan in pads for Dolphins

Updated: July 23, 2013, 12:01 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins finally got their hands on rookie first-round pick Dion Jordan as the former University of Oregon star practiced with the team for the first time Tuesday.

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AP Photo/Lynne SladkyDion Jordan practiced with the Dolphins for the first time Tuesday, showing off a new haircut he received as part of rookie hazing.

"Getting back to a normal football routine; it feels really good." Jordan said.

Jordan had missed all of Miami's organized team activities, minicamp and the start of training camp because of shoulder surgery that he had in February. The Dolphins were aware of the injury when they drafted Jordan in April as the No. 3 overall pick and the plan was to bring him along slowly.

"I want to be healthy. So I'm taking the right steps so I will be ready to go. I'm trying to put it behind me, no sling or anything. I'm ready to go," he said.

Tuesday marked the first day the Dolphins were in full pads and Jordan was fully dressed and participated in some drills, although he was limited with Miami holding him out of 11-on-11 drills and contact. Jordan said the next step for him is to do full contact in the next few days.

"I knew how far along I was as far as my injury. I'm just trying to push myself to make sure I'm ready. I want to be out here. So I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that I'm ready," Jordan said.

When asked for a timetable for when Jordan will be cleared for full contact, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said it's a "gradual process."

"We will see how he responds and how he feels and take it from there. We're never going to rush a guy if he doesn't feel good. We will take our time," he said.

Miami struggled to rush the passer last season and is looking for another threat alongside Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake. Jordan has the potential to fill that role but has yet to find his niche due to missed practice time.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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