Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi is being evaluated for a concussion and was unable to finish practice Monday, according to head coach Adam Gase. The team has not released a confirmed diagnosis at this time.
Ajayi got a lot of practice in during Miami’s first full-contact, full-padded practice of training camp. He ran the ball and caught several passes out of the backfield while taking some hits in the process.
Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald had a big hit on Ajayi that knocked the tailback off his feet in one of Ajayi’s final plays. Ajayi seemed to also take big hits from defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and linebacker Lawrence Timmons in addition to McDonald.
This is the first potentially scary injury for the Dolphins in training camp, as it would remove Ajayi from play for at least some amount of time if it does turn out to be a concussion.
Ajayi’s possible injury has led to questions on coach Adam Gase’s decision to have live hitting during practice. Although some will naturally feel some comfort at seeing the team actually hitting during camp to get an idea of the team’s defense, others claim it only provokes injuries.
“You’re not going to win either way,” Gase said. “If we don’t go live, you guys write that we don’t work on tackling. If we do go live and somebody gets hurt, then you say we shouldn’t. It doesn’t matter. You’re going to be wrong either way. We feel like that’s best for our football team. We needed to go live and tackle.”
Regardless of whether or not Gase’s decision is right or wrong, it is vital that Ajayi, who led the Dolphins with 1,272 rushing yards, stay healthy this coming season. Hopefully, Ajayi is able to fully recover from the concussion if there is one, and that there are no after-effects this season, or in his life.