The Miami Dolphins have activated rookie first-round defensive end Dion Jordan from the non-football injury list following a short stay on the sidelines after offseason shoulder surgery.

It's an encouraging sign for the fourth overall pick of the NFL draft, but the former Oregon star pass rusher is understandably being eased into drills.

The Dolphins haven't decided when Jordan will be allowed to participate in contact work.

"We don't want to rush a guy," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin told reporters today. "It's going to be a gradual process."

Jordan is slated to compete with Olivier Vernon for a starting job.

Jordan is regarded as versatile enough to play linebacker, too.

An angular edge rusher with explosiveness and moves, Jordan is an investment the Dolphins have big plans for and they're not going to rush him and his surgically-repaired shoulder.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun