AFC East Notes: Jordan, Bills, Glenn, Jets, Pats

The NFL has officially cleared Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan for practice, according to Adam Schefter of (Twitter link). Jordan was conditionally reinstated by the league last week, and was required to attend counseling before being reevaluated prior to the start of the season. Apparently, Jordan has followed through, although he might not be able to return to the field immediately thanks to injury concerns. As Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald recently wrote, Jordan is recovering from knee surgery and hasn’t looked to be in great shape during camp, so while gaining clearance from the NFL is a step in the right direction, Jordan isn’t yet out of the woods.

Here’s more from the AFC East:

  • Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn suffered a high-ankle sprain, a source tells Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). The good news is that it doesn’t sound like there is structural damage, but Glenn will likely be out for the preseason as the team monitors his injury. Any missed time during the regular season would surely sting for Buffalo, considering Glenn’s importance to the offensive line. This offseason, the Bills used the franchise tender on Glenn before signing him to a five-year, , $65MM deal with $26.5MM fully guaranteed at signing. The 26-year-old Glenn (27 in September) has been a quiet stalwart in Buffalo the past few seasons and has started 61 games since being selected in the second round in 2012. Glenn rated as Pro Football Focus‘ No. 10 overall tackle and fifth-best left-edge protector last season, and was considered one of the top priorities for the Bills heading into free agency.
  • Jets GM Mike Maccagnan kept the 2017 offseason in the back of his mind as he made moves prior to the 2015 season, Seth Walder of the New York Daily News writes. For example, David Harris, Marcus Gilchrist, Brandon Marshall, and Buster Skrine – all of whom were acquired and/or signed to new deals last offseason – do not have guaranteed salaries for 2017. That does not mean the Jets will seek to cut them loose, but they have the flexibility if need be. In addition, Breno Giacomini, Ryan Clady, Nick Mangold, Erin Henderson, Jarvis Jenkins, and Nick Folk could all be cut next year with a minimal cap hit or no real cap hit.
  • Ben Volin of The Boston Globe took an early stab at the Patriots’ 53-man roster. At running back, Volin sees the Pats keeping Dion Lewis, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, and D.J. Foster, which leaves 2014 fourth-round pick James White on the outside looking in. Volin feels that Foster, a UDFA out of Arizona State, has the edge because of his hands and ability to make catches in traffic.
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