Jay Ajayi Injury Updates

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi suffered an ACL tear in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings and will miss the rest of the season. That takes the carry leader out of a backfield that has started slowly. Healthy returns by Corey Clement and Darren Sproles wold help absorb touches, but Wendell Smallwood has als taken advantage of recent injuries to others to look like a player who will continue to deserve work. We’ll see hit the touches get distributed as the remaining group get healthy. The one thing we’ve been able to count on so far has been HC Doug Pederson spreading the work around. Clement, Sproles and Smallwood are all worth owning to varying degrees right now

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (back) is not listed on the final Week 4 injury report. He’s set to play through a “small fracture” in his back. Consider him a risk/reward RB2 for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi suffered a back injury on the 1st drive of Sunday's game in Tampa Bay. He's officially questionable to return. With RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) inactive, Philly is down to RBs Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood

UPDATE: Ajayi returned in the 2nd half.

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi has missed the past week of action -- including Thursday night's game against the Browns -- with an unspecified injury, according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. HC Doug Pederson reportedly said only that Ajayi had a "lower body" and was being rested. We'll see what comes of the situation as we get closer to the regular season. We're not altering our projections for Ajayi but will keep an eye out for any further details.

One of the biggest Eagles questions facing fantasy owners is just how much work we can expect RB Jay Ajayi to get. Well, he spoke to that a bit this week. “I’m excited,” Ajayi said Tuesday, per USA Today's Eagles Wire. “Obviously things have gotten a little bit shaken up in our room, and I’m excited to get into that lead role, do what’s needed of me and just go ball." Ajayi averaged just 11.2 carries per game over 10 contests (playoffs included) after joining the Eagles last year. But that climbed to 13.8 over the final 6 games, including 4 weeks of 14+ rushes. Philly coaches haven't specifically addressed backfield roles yet, and the backfield remains crowded. Corey Clement should continue to see a significant role. And Darren Sproles -- who opened last year as the team leader in RB snaps before a Week 3 injury -- returns. Matt Jones, Donnel Pumphrey, Wendell Smallwood and undrafted free agent Josh Adams are also fighting for roles. The "lead role" Ajayi refers to doesn't necessarily mean workhorse-level touches, and we're not projecting that for him. But a lead job in what should again rank among the league's top offenses will undoubtedly carry fantasy upside. Ajayi could particularly bring a high TD ceiling, given his size vs. the remaining backfield competition. He's a decent value at current ADP, and we'll continue to monitor the Eagles backfield as we move into summer.

Undrafted free agent RB Josh Adams signed with the Eagles. After sharing the backfield during his first 2 seasons at Notre Dame, Adams broke out as the Irish’s lead back this past year. He carried 206 times for 1,430 yards (6.9 YPC) and 9 scores. Adams averaged a whopping 5.2 yards after contact per attempt — easily the best among draft-eligible backs — and earned Pro Football Focus’ 2nd-best Elusive Rating. The 6’2, 213-pounder showed well in the pre-draft process, earning a 64th percentile SPARQ score. We didn’t love the tape, though. Adams is a straight-line, somewhat stiff runner who needs a wide alley to really get going. He also comes with a worrisome injury history that includes a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in high school and nagging knee and ankle trouble throughout his time at Notre Dame. There’s some committee-back potential here, although going undrafted certainly puts a damper on his fantasy football outlook. Adams is a long shot for 2018 fantasy value in a crowded Eagles backfield. But note that RB Jay Ajayi is set to hit free agency next offseason.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster announced his retirement in a written statement on Monday. "There comes a time in every athlete's career when their ambition and their body are no longer on the same page," Foster wrote. "I've reached that point ... I know it's not commonplace to do it midseason, but my body just can't take the punishment this game asks for any longer." Foster dealt with numerous injuries throughout his 8-year career, including a torn meniscus and a torn Achilles. He mustered just 2.6 yards per carry over between 2015 and 2016. RB Jay Ajayi, riding back-to-back 200-yard games, is locked in as Miami's feature back going forward. He'll be backed up by Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake.

Dolphins HC Adam Gase labeled RB Arian Foster "day-to-day" with the groin injury he suffered on Sunday in New England. It at least sounds like he avoided a serious injury. But considering Foster's history, he seems questionable at best to be ready for this weekend's game against the Browns. If he can't go, Jay Ajayi would likely serve as Miami's lead back, with Kenyan Drake also involved.

Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake hasn’t practiced since suffering a hamstring injury on Friday, August 5. It’s nothing new for the rookie, who struggled to stay healthy at Alabama. Even with Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi facing their own durability issues, Drake isn’t a recommended late-round pick.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi returned to practice on Friday, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. Ajayi ended up missing 3 days with the bruised knee. That specific injury isn't a concern, but he needs to stay on the field after struggling with durability as a rookie. RB Arian Foster has reportedly been impressive to open camp, so Ajayi has a battle on his hands for playing time. Those 2 split the 1st-team reps in Friday's practice.

The Dolphins signed RB Arian Foster to a 1-year contract Monday afternoon. We don't know the terms yet, but they hardly matter. Foster likely wouldn't have signed at this point unless a team promised him at least a shot at significant work. Miami, meanwhile, sports a thin backfield beyond Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake. Ajayi remains a promising all-around back, but he is heading into just his 2nd season after arriving as a 5th-round pick last spring. We can't treat him as a sure thing. What's pretty certain is that Foster's arrival will push his ADP back down after we watched it rise a bit through the spring. That positions Ajayi as a potential draft value -- unless you believe Foster's about to turn into Miami's lead back. We'd bet on him being more of a complement after losing 23 games to injury over the past 3 seasons. That included the torn Achilles' tendon that ended his 2015 campaign and Texans career. Don't be surprised if Foster climbs well into the single-digit rounds of fantasy football drafts and beyond value range. Drake's fantasy potential, meanwhile, might be most in trouble. Foster has averaged 55 catches per 16 games over his 6 years as an NFL starter. We'll see once camp begins exactly what Miami plans for Foster and Ajayi (unless we hear from HC Adam Gase sooner).

The Dolphins on Saturday activated RB Jay Ajayi from short-term IR. The rookie missed half the year with a broken rib. That plus a summer hamstring injury hampered is development time, but Ajayi did flash in the preseason. He returns to a backfield with little behind Lamar Miller and Damien Williams. Ajayi's not worth in add in most fantasy leagues, but don't forget that he's around.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi cracked a rib in Thursday night's preseason finale, according to insider Adam Beasley.  The rookie showed well before exiting, taking 9 carries for 66 yards and hauling in 2 balls for 37 more yards.  But the rib injury continues a rough August that saw him miss time with a hamstring injury and struggle in training camp.  Beasley believes the Fins might place Ajayi on injured reserve.  Even if he makes the final roster, he'll be no better than 3rd on the depth chart behind Lamar Miller and Damien Williams.  You can ignore Ajayi in redraft leagues.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi did not play in the preseason opener due to a hamstring injury.  It's been a rough month for the rookie, who has struggled with ball-security and pass protection in camp.  Ajayi is currently 4th on Miami's RB depth chart.  He has the size and talent to eventually climb to #2, but he's not worth drafting in fantasy football right now.


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