New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) flushes Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) out of the pocket during the third quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans October 15, 2015. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI | License Photo
New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan continues to recover from offseason back surgery but has not been cleared to resume full workouts.
According to the New Orleans Advocate, Jordan is still working to receive full clearance on his back and will not be able to join the team when organized team activities begin this week.
"It's going good. I'm feeling better every day," Jordan told the Advocate. "(It's hard) when you're supposed to take it down to a slow pace because your inner athlete wants to show out all the time. Cut down on a lot of stuff.
"Still working up to (being full), sadly. As anybody knows once you get injured, you have to go through some rehab time. I'm still -- quote, unquote -- working up to it."
Jordan, who turns 27 in July, underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his back before the Pro Bowl after playing through the injury for most of last season.
Jordan recorded 10 sacks and 45 tackles in 16 games for the Saints in 2015 on his way to earning his second Pro Bowl selection in his five years with the Saints. He has 30 sacks the past three seasons.
Jordan signed a five-year extension through 2020 last June worth a reported $55 million, with $33.469 million guaranteed.
"I might be jealous come OTAs because, if I'm not allowed to go full-go, I'm going to be watching a whole bunch of guys who I think have tremendous talent, tremendous potential, and I'm going to push myself probably harder than I need to go," Jordan said. "They're moving really well on the field right now. Can't gauge anything until you get some live bullets going, especially preseason and beyond. Just looking forward to getting to actual camp, putting some pads on, seeing if they can hit, seeing where they end up."