Thursday night's preseason action, the last before the 2015 NFL regular season gets under way, was supposed to help NFL franchises sure up decisions before they reduce their rosters to 53 players today.
For the Miami Dolphins though, having seen one of their players suffer a broken rib versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there may be some last minute adjustments.
As reported by The Miami Herald, rookie running back Jay Ajayi cracked a rib mid-way through Thursday's game. The injury could now open up an opportunity for a positional rival who had been on the roster bubble.
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After a tough introduction to life in the NFL - he has missed time with a hamstring injury and saw his blocking ability questioned - Jay Ajayi was actually enjoying his most productive performance in a Dolphins jersey last night before suffering the rib injury.
The British born rookie made 66 yards on nine carries, whilst catching two passes for another 37 yards. Now though there are suggestions he could be heading to the Injured Reserve list to begin the season - a move that would open the door for a third-year RB on the bubble.
Per the Herald:
"The latest development could allow the Dolphins to stash him (Ajayi) on injured reserve for the season. If so, it could potentially re-open the door for Mike Gillislee, who also had a big game Thursday."
Gillislee has been with the Miami Dolphins since being drafted in 2013 but finds himself fifth on the depth chart behind Lamar Miller, Damien Williams, LaMichael James and Jay Ajayi.
The latest injury setback for Jay Ajayi is a blow to both the player and those who had high hopes for the rookie when drafting him this summer, but, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining. Mike Gillislee could yet find that out before the Saturday 4 p.m. roster deadline.
Dolphins fans: Can Lamar Miller carry the RB load in Miami, and have you been impressed or disappointed by Ajayi? Have your say in the comments below...