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Report: Jay Ajayi has been medically cleared to play

Jay Ajayi

Free-agent running back Jay Ajayi has been cleared for full contact by famed knee specialist Dr. James Andrews, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ajayi suffered a torn ACL in Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings last season. He was placed on injured reserve and underwent corrective surgery shortly thereafter. The four-year veteran has reportedly taken just one visit in free agency, meeting with the Indianapolis Colts in March. Though there have been no rumors of increased interest in Ajayi now that he’s been given a clean bill of health, it stands to reason he’ll soon find a job as teams across the league open training camp and begin to assess their rosters.

A fifth-round pick in 2015, Ajayi began his career with the Miami Dolphins. He blew up in 2016 after playing sparingly as a rookie, rushing for 1.272 yards and eight touchdowns on 4.8 yards per carry, making the Pro Bowl. The Boise State product was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick on October 31, 2018, after struggling over the first half of the following season. He soon regained the form that had previously made him one of the league’s most dangerous runners, rushing for 408 yards on just 70 carries and helping the Eagles to victory in Super Bowl LII.

Ajayi’s rookie contract expired after last season. Though he’ll likely have to settle for a minimum deal given both his recent injury history and up-and-down performance since 2017, expect multiple teams to show interest in Ajayi leading up to kickoff of the regular season.

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