Seattle Seahawks defensive end Dion Jordan is out six to eight weeks after undergoing a minor clean-up procedure on his knee, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Thursday.
Carroll did not specify when the surgery took place, but the timeline could put Jordan’s availability in doubt for the start of training camp in late July.
“We’re hoping by camp time he’ll be ready to rip and all that,” Carroll said. “He’s had some complications over time, so it was worth it to go ahead and clean this thing up. It was a really small issue, but it was going to be one that would sit him down for six to eight weeks, so we just went ahead and did it.”
Jordan, 28, missed all of training camp and the first eight games of last season with what Carroll called a “clean-up” procedure on his knee, which took place in May of 2017. He was activated from the physically unable to perform list in November and played in five of the final eight contests — collecting 4.0 sacks — missing three others due to a neck injury.
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The No. 3 overall pick in 2013, Jordan has battled a series of injuries over the years, with reports of multiple surgeries on his left knee during his time with the Miami Dolphins. They released him in March of 2017 with a failed physical designation, paving the way for Jordan to sign with the Seahawks that April.
Jordan was suspended for the entire 2015 season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time. He was out of football in 2016 while battling addiction to drugs and alcohol, an experience Jordan spoke openly about in a feature with Sports Illustrated published in December.
Carroll and the Seahawks have been vocal about expecting Jordan — who re-signed with the team as a restricted free agent this offseason — to take on a larger role in 2018.
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