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Dion Jordan cleared to participate in practices he's not ready to participate in

The good news for Dion Jordan, and after a long string of bad tidings the Miami Dolphins defensive end can use some good news, is the NFL today informed the member club that the player is cleared to practice.

This means, in effect, that several steps Jordan needed to clear in setting up his local arrangements regarding clinical resources have been made to the NFL's satisfaction. He is now free to participate in all preseason activities including practices and games.

So that's good.

But Dion Jordan won't be able to take immediate advantage of this new status because he still is not physically cleared to practice. You'll recall I previously reported Jordan had surgery to clean out his left knee. He has been rehabilitating. But he hasn't seemed ready to work in practice despite the window opening for him to do so.

Indeed, Jordan is all but certain to miss Friday's preseason opener at the New York Giants. When the team returns, one supposes trainers and coaches will meet to decide if Jordan's status has changed.

Jordan has already cost himself considerable money.

He forfeited millions of dollars in signing bonus money when he was suspended multiple times for violating both the NFL's substances of abuse program and performance enhancing drugs program.

He lost out on a $1.69 million roster bonus when he was unable to pass his physical and get on the Miami roster the fifth day of training camp. He remains on the non-football injury list.

Now it remains to be seen how long before he can resume his football career -- which he is free to do but unable to do right now -- by doing football work.

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