Starting S Brandon Jones, who suffered his injury (left ACL) during a Week 7 game last season against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, is expected to be on the field practicing with his Miami Dolphins teammates this week, a league source said.
And he could be on the field as early as Wednesday when the team has its first practice, barring an unforeseen setback.
Jones, who enters training camp in the final season of his four-year rookie deal, is set to earn $2.7 million.
Veteran cornerback Nik Needham (torn Achilles), who re-signed with the team (one year, $1.8 million, $750K fully guaranteed) back in March, was placed on the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list last week (7/20).
Jones, Needham, and cornerback Trill Williams are all coming off significant surgeries from injuries suffered in 2022. Jones, who is entering Year 4 of his NFL career, had 49 tackles, three passes defensed, and forced a fumble prior to his injury.
He limited opposing quarterbacks to 5.7 yards per completion when targeting his coverage area. Jones has surrendered just one touchdown completion in 90 career targets. He’s expected to play a major role in a talented secondary that features Xavien Howard, Jalen Ramsey, and Jevon Holland.