Miami Dolphins’ Jay Ajayi: knee soreness reason for injury report

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi runs over Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Zach Brown at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

OXNARD, Calif. — When Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi ended up on the first injury report of the 2017 season, there was understandable concern.

Ajayi, who rushed for 1,272 yards last season, was listed with a knee injury.

Coach Adam Gase didn’t seem too concerned on Thursday.

“I don’t really see him as being hurt,” Gase said before practice. “He just is a little sore. I mean that’s just kind of, it’s been like that for a while.”

Ajayi’s knees were a concern when he was drafted out of Boise State. That has been cited as one of the reasons a player with Ajayi’s obvious talents slipped to the fifth round in 2015.

Ajayi had 11 rushes for 51 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason.

One year ago, Ajayi didn’t even make the trip to Seattle for the first game of the Dolphins season. Ajayi had not been scheduled to play and he did not react well to the news.

Much has changed.

“I think anytime you do anything, you learn so much through experience,” Gase said. “In this league, one week feels like a month or two. I mean you learn a lot in a short period of time. And you kind of have to because the careers area so short. You don’t have a lot of time to say hey I’ll get it in three or four years. When you play and you learn that is the key.”

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