Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi suffered a concussion two weeks ago, and he’s still in the NFL’s concussion protocol, unable to practice, per Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.
This isn’t panic-worthy news, but it’s still very concerning, both for Ajayi on a personal level and for the Dolphins. Miami has already lost Ryan Tannehill and rookie starting linebacker Raekwon McMillan for the season due to ACL injuries.
Ajayi suffered his concussion very early in training camp. Aside from one day where he was limited in practice last week, he’s largely been unable to participate with his teammates on the field since the brain injury occurred.
Though we’re not going to jump to any conclusions here, it’s worth noting that we’re seeing more players than ever retire early because of brain injuries. Through advancements in science on this topic, it’s widely known these days that CTE has ravaged almost all former NFL players who’ve had their brains examined post mortem.
Ajayi, being a young man still who has plenty of fire in his belly to play, might not be thinking about retirement at this point. But the fact he’s still dealing with concussion symptoms at some level two weeks after suffering his injury is alarming.
Last season, his second as a pro, Ajayi rushed for 1,272 yards eight touchdowns for the Dolphins. His ability to pound the ball was a big reason Miami made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.