Jordan (back) practiced without limitations Thursday, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Jordan underwent back surgery in February and wasn't expected to rejoin the team until training camp. However, Jordan was much farther ahead in his recovery than expected and was able to return to the practice field in full for the team's OTAs on Thursday. Jordan is coming off a 10-sack Pro Bowl season and with the back injury finally behind him, he'll have the chance to improve on his numbers.
Jordan (back), who underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his lower back in February, is not currently participating in OTAs but expects to be back by training camp, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "We're playing it safe," Jordan said on Wednesday. "I can't give out a timetable for me coming back, but I do know that it will be well within camp season." Jordan played through the back injury most of last season, occasionally missing practice time but never a game. Despite the lingering malady, he still managed to accrue 10 sacks and earn his second Pro Bowl appearance. While Jordan has a tendency to disappear -- he recorded only a single tackle four separate times in 2015 -- his consistent double-digit sack totals nevertheless make him a valuable IDP commodity.
Jordan recently underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his lower back, ESPN.com reports. Jordan carried a lingering back injury through most of last season, causing him to miss practice time over the course of the campaign. Still, the Pro Bowler managed to post 10 sacks in 2015, and is averaging exactly that many over his last three seasons. Despite his recent operation, Jordan is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp.
Jordan made 10 sacks and 45 tackles (32 solo) in 16 games this season. While Jordan had a tendency to disappear in games - recording only a single tackle in four different games - the double-digit sack total represents a nice rebound from a disappointing 2014 season. His performance is especially impressive considering that the Saints struggled to find a consistent pass rusher opposite him, resulting in additional blocking attention on Jordan. With the Saints expected to add more playmakers on the defensive line through the draft or free agency, Jordan could be in for another solid season in 2016 if opposing blockers can't focus all their attention on him.
Jordan made six tackles (three solo), including a sack, in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. The six tackles tied a season high, and Jordan actually had a second sack in the third quarter, but it was negated by a costly defensive holding penalty. He now has sacks in back-to-back weeks, and is up to eight on the season - already surpassing last season's total of 7.5, with four games still to go. Up next is a date with Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers, a team which has been merely average at protecting the quarterback this year.
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