Jay Ajayi has informed NFL teams he’s ready to play again
Former Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is ready to play in the NFL again. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, he “has informed all 32 teams that he is ready for game action and fully recovered from ACL surgery.” As Rapoport notes, “his market could heat up quickly.”
In July, Dr. James Andrews medically cleared Ajayi, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Ajayi tore his ACL early on into the 2018 season. It was the second of his football career, as he suffered one during his time at Boise State in 2011. Sports Injury Predictor flags the running back as a medium risk for re-injury if signed.
Ajayi met with the Indianapolis Colts before the draft, though nothing came out of it.
Though once injured, Ajayi should get looks from teams desperate for running back help (cough, the New York Giants). At 26, the back should have many more years left in the NFL. In his first four seasons in the league, he showed he could stick around.
In 2016, Ajayi was named as a Pro Bowler as a Dolphin. For the season, he ran for 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns on an average of 4.9 yards per carry. During the 2016 season, he became the fourth player to ever rush for 200+ yards in back-to-back games.
“I’m a dynamic player, I believe competitive, I bring a spark to the game, and I love to win,” said Ajayi in June, via USA Today’s Anthony Wood.
Now healthy, NFL teams should give Ajayi a look, especially those dealing with injuries at the position.