Ajayi was hit hard several times in Monday’s full-contact practice and left the field early. The timeline for his recovery is yet to be determined.
“He’s in concussion protocol. They’re handling it,” Gase said. “The trainers are dealing with that.”
He led the Dolphins last season with 1,272 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, which earned the running back his first Pro Bowl nod. Ajayi has worked diligently this offseason in catching the ball out of the backfield in order to be a three-down tailback.
“We had a certain plan for him anyways in the preseason on what he was going to do and when he was going to do it,” Gase said. “… [Getting hurt] doesn’t take away a lot of what we were going to do with him.”
The Dolphins also activated starting safety Reshad Jones off the non-football injury list. Jones is eligible to practice for the first time since training camp opened on July 27.
By: Antwan Staley
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Isaiah Ford injured his knee last Saturday and hasn’t practiced since then. On Wednesday we learned that the rookie might not see the field at all in 2017.
“We’re in no rush right now, Gase said.”
It appears that injured reserve is very much in the cards for Ford, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Despite being a late round pick, many thought Ford had an excellent chance to make the Dolphins final 53-man roster. In his last season at Virginia Tech, Ford recorded 79 catches for 1,094 yards and seven touchdowns. For his efforts, Ford was a 2016 Second-Team All-ACC selection.
Now that Ford could be out for the season, Leonte Carroo and Jakeem Grant are likely to make the final roster again coming out of training camp. The Ford injury will also give young receivers such as Drew Morgan, Malcolm Lewis, Jordan Westerkamp, Francis Owusu and Mitch Mathews a better opportunity to make the team’s final roster.
Miami’s first preseason game will be on August 10 at Hard Rock Stadium against the Atlanta Falcons.