While there is never a truly good time when it comes to injuries, Jay Ajayi’s recent concussion comes at what can only be called a great time for the team. Going down the injury during the early part of training camp, Ajayi — while out indefinitely according to some reports — has plenty of time to fully recover and still be ready for the regular season.
Expected to serve as the centerpiece of the Miami Dolphins offense this season, Ajayi suffered his concussion during a “live” contact practice which head coach Adam Gase has recently come under fire for. However, while the contact part may seem a bit risky, it is something that can truly bring players up to speed in returning to the NFL after a long offseason.
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With Ajayi now expected to miss at least a few practices while he recovers from the concussion, the early signs look to be good for Ajayi. After all, the running back did not suffer a concussion during his first two years with the team and with this being his first one, it remains unlikely that this will develop into a major trend for the running back.
Even better news is the timing of this injury. With the entire preseason slate still separating the Miami Dolphins from Week 1 of the regular season, Ajayi has plenty of time to not only recover from his concussion but to also take a slow and steady route in practice. Taking his time to get back up to speed, Ajayi limits the chance of another quick concussion while also still preparing himself for the regular season.
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The move should also allow undrafted free agent De’Veon Smith to earn some time with the first team. A perfect one-for-one type of replacement when it comes to their running style, Smith can now show the coaches what he can truly do if he is ever called upon to be the lead runner in the Miami Dolphins backfield.
While there is never is a perfect time for injuries to occur, Jay Ajayi’s concussion has come at potentially the best time. With more than a month till the start of the NFL season, Ajayi should fully recover and be back on the field ready to once again pound his way past NFL defenses.