Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi missed practice on Monday for a knee injury. When it comes to the team’s presumed starter in the backfield, any mention of his knee sets of alarm bells. Ajayi was widely considered a first-round talent in the 2015 NFL Draft, but fell to the Dolphins in the fifth round due to concerns of a past knee injury and the “bone-on-bone” description of it following his recovery.
Ajayi started the day on the exercise bike on the sideline, then finished with his left knee wrapped and iced. The good news was right there, however, as it is his right knee that is the major concern from college.
After practice, Ajayi told the media that he sustained a bone-bruise by colliding knees with someone during Sunday’s practice, and that the team is just holding him out to allow the swelling to go down. Ajayi described himself as day-to-day, and did not seem worried about the injury.
Monday’s practice saw Isaiah Pead take most of the first team snaps with Ajayi sidelined and Arian Foster, who is attempting to return after an Achilles tendon tear last year, being brought along slowly in just his second full-day of practices. Miami also has rookie Kenyan Drake and veteran Daniel Thomas active at the position. Damien Williams has started training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list after failing his conditioning test, but head coach Adam Gase said he expects Williams to be activated for Tuesday’s practice.
The next practice open to the public will be Thursday, August 4.