The Seattle Seahawks plan to activate defensive end Jordan off the non-football injury list ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday.
Jordan is expected to play in his first NFL game since he was with the Miami Dolphins during the 2014 season.
To make room for Jordan on the roster, the Seahawks placed offensive tackle Rees Odhiambo on the injured reserve list with dislocated fingers that will require surgery.
Jordan, a first-round pick (third overall) of the Dolphins in 2013, became one of the bigger draft disappointments in recent years, as his career never got on track in Miami.
Jordan started only one of 26 games during his first two seasons while recording three sacks. He was suspended twice in 2014, first for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances and then for a violation of the substance abuse policy. With his second violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy in 2015, he was suspended for the full season that year.
After missing the 2016 season due to a knee injury, the Dolphins released Jordan in March after he failed a physical. He signed a low-risk, one-year deal with the Seahawks in April, but has been on the non-football injury list after undergoing another knee surgery and didn’t start practicing with the Seahawks until two weeks ago.
“We were real excited about it to start, then he had kind of some setbacks that he had to deal with and he did,” Carroll said of Jordan. “He did extraordinary work to make it back through all of the stages of it. As he has returned to the action the last couple of weeks, it’s been exciting to see him back out there. He’s still rusty, and there’s no way that he can’t be. When he plays for the first time, it will be like his first preseason game in two years. But he’s well-equipped. He’s a big, strong, fast kid and dying to play.
“A lot of guys could lose interest, he didn’t. He kept battling to get back. That’s a great sign of what he’s put into it. So we see a real competitive, great dude that wants to get back and prove it. All of that is impressive.”
While he played some outside linebacker in Miami, the Seahawks view Jordan as a defensive end. They have a need for depth at the position after Marcus Smith suffered a concussion last week, and will likely be sidelined for Thursday night’s game.