DAVIE, Fla. -

Miami Dolphins rookie linebacker Dion Jordan returned to practice Tuesday after being sidelined by a lingering shoulder injury, improving his chances of playing in the season opener next week.

"Physically, I felt good," he said. "Mostly it was a matter of brushing up on fundamentals."

Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, suffered a setback early this month in his recovery from shoulder surgery last winter. He has missed the past two exhibition games and most of practice the past two weeks.

Coach Joe Philbin declined to say how limited Jordan was in practice Tuesday but gave the rookie a favorable review.

"He looked good," Philbin said. "He moved well and worked on some of the basic fundamentals and techniques."

When asked whether Jordan might play in the final exhibition game Thursday against the New Orleans Saints, Philbin said: "We'll see. I wouldn't rule anything out."

More likely is Jordan's return for the season opener Sept. 8 at Cleveland, although last week the former Oregon star said he wouldn't be surprised if he missed that game.

Jordan underwent surgery Feb. 28 for a torn labrum in his right shoulder.