The Dolphins shared further information about running back Jay Ajayi’s knee injury on Monday, calling it a bone bruise to his left knee that will keep him out of practice for a couple of days.
That’s good news for Ajayi, who coach Adam Gase said was “worried it was more than what it was” and who now has to contend with Arian Foster in the race for playing time in the backfield. Foster hasn’t been with the Dolphins too long, but it sounds like he’s already shown Gase enough for the coach to know that it’s a question of how much playing time the veteran will get rather than one of whether he’ll be in the mix at all.
“His resume speaks for itself,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “I don’t think there’s any question why we brought him in here. He’s playing this year. Whether he’s the guy that will be the first snap of the game, time will tell. He is going to be rolling with the ones.”
In addition to showing he’s a strong runner, Foster’s resume shows that he’s no stranger to the injured list and that means Ajayi will be playing a role on offense this fall even if Foster moves to the top of the depth chart. Foster’s arrival has made that role look smaller than it did during offseason work, however, and Gase’s comments don’t do anything to suggest things will swing back in the other direction.