We now have an explanation for Dion Jordan‘s absence from Seahawks OTAs. Coach Pete Carroll told reporters (including Bob Condotta of Seattle Times) that the defensive end recently underwent a minor “cleanup knee surgery.” Jordan’s estimated recovery time is six-to-eight weeks.
Assuming Jordan had the surgery in the past week or so, he’d be returning right in time for the start of preseason football. While the 28-year-old could easily be back for Seattle’s August 9th matchup against the Colts, he might also need some time to get in shape. In the unlikely event that the recovery extends into the regular season, Seattle could turn to a number of fill-ins, including Rasheem Green, Marcus Smith, Branden Jackson, and Quinton Jefferson.
The third-overall pick in 2013, Jordan disappointed during his four-year tenure with the Dolphins. He appeared in 26 games between 2013 and 2014, totaling 46 tackles and three sacks. After being suspended four games in 2014, Jordan earned a season-long ban in 2015. Upon reinstatement, he didn’t play a single snap with Miami in 2016, and he was ultimately released by the team. He caught on with the Seahawks this past year, compiling 18 tackles and four sacks in five games. Jordan signed his RFA tender back in April.
While Jordan will be out for OTAs, it sounds like three veterans are set to return next week. Carroll told reporters that safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Byron Maxwell and defensive end Frank Clark are expected to be at mandatory mini-camp (via Condotta on Twitter).
Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.