Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion) returns to full practice – Miami Dolphins News

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion) returns to full practice – Miami Dolphins News

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi with running backs coach Danny Barrett at Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi returned to full practice on Sunday.

Ajayi is technically one step away from completing the concussion protocol, but he was very active in practice, including in 11-on-11 drills.

Ajayi missed Miami’s first preseason game due to the injury.

“I think we’re back to what he was earlier,” coach Adam Gase said of Ajayi’s return. “I think now it’s just a conditioning thing for him.”

Ajayi did leave the field with a trainer near the end of practice. But Gase said it was a hydration issue.

“I don’t know how many days he missed,” Gase said. “But you go out there on a day like today and you think you can just do your normal deal and it kind of smacks you in the face real fast.”

Ajayi had slowly returned from the concussion sustained 13 days ago after a hit by safety T.J. McDonald. Once he’s cleared by an independent neurologist, he’d be eligible to play Thursday night against Baltimore.

In the preseason opener against Atlanta on Thursday, Kenyan Drake rushed four times for 21 yards, Damien Williams carried six times for 18 yards and De’Veon Smith carried seven times for 12 yards.

The Dolphins averaged only 2.7 yards per carry behind a patchwork offensive line.

Ajayi ran for 1,272 yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry last season.

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