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Dolphins training camp 2016: Jay Ajayi held out of Monday practice with knee injury

NFL: Miami Dolphins-Training Camp Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi is being held out of practice on Monday due to a knee issue. Monday’s practice is the first day of pads being worn for the team, but Ajayi is on the sideline on a stationary bike.

Ajayi is the presumed starter for Miami this year, after being drafted in the fifth round in 2015, taking the top spot on the depth chart from Lamar Miller, who left via free agency this year. Ajayi was seen as a first-round talent heading into the draft, but concerns about a knee injury he sustained in college that left him with a “bone-on-bone” situation caused him to fall to Miami’s 149th overall pick.

The injury could simply be a way to make sure no serious issues are happening in Ajayi’s knee, or just some soreness from the first three days of camp. It could also be a more serious issue, about which we will get more information later. Whether it is a day-to-day or a prolonged thing, missing the first padded practice, just four days into camp, is not a good sign.

The Dolphins have recent free-agent signing Arian Foster, rookie Kenyan Drake, fifth-year runner Daniel Thomas, and fourth-year veteran Isaiah Pead participating in practice on Monday. Foster was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Sunday and is coming back from a torn Achilles tendon he sustained last season. Miami also has third-year running back Danien Williams, but he is currently on the PUP list after not passing his conditioning test.