Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:34pm
Dolphins running back Arian Foster missed Sunday's game with a groin injury. Gase said he might not play Thursday. Not shocking. He came to the Dolphins with an injury history that notably included soft tissue injuries.
Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) missed practice again Thursday. Foster is expected to miss, and HC Adam Gase said that this week’s practice will determine who gets the start. Our money is on Jay Ajayi, though he’s no sure thing to lead the team in touches. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Foster is expected to miss the game, and HC Adam Gase said that this week’s practice will determine who gets the start. Our money is on Jay Ajayi, though he’s no sure thing to lead the team in touches. Stay tuned.
“At least that looks good for us,” Gase said Monday. “We’ll see how he does this week. We haven’t really made any decisions on whether or not we’re going to try to get him out at practice on Wednesday. I think we’re just going to get through today, see where he is at tomorrow and then when we get to Wednesday, just kind of evaluate what’s best for us to do with him right now.”
Once Foster went down, the Dolphins relied on Jay Ajayi, who had been left home for the opener at Seattle, and rookie Kenyan Drake. Ajayi had five carries for 14 yards (a 2.8 average) and Drake two carries for 12 yards and his first NFL touchdown. Backups Isaiah Pead and Damien Williams were inactive. Gase would not specify what would happen if Foster, who has had a string of injury-plagued seasons, cannot play in Sunday’s home opener against the Cleveland Browns, the story said.
Kenyan Drake had few running back reps at Dolphins practice this week, but when Arian Foster injured his groin in the second quarter, and then Jay Ajayi fumbled, Drake became a part of the offensive game plan.
“When my number is called, I just want to make the most of my opportunity,” said Drake, who had 2 rushes and 2 catches for 15 yards and his first career touchdown.
Drake ran around the right end and into the end zone with 6:10 remaining to bring the Dolphins within 31-24.
Miami ran only 16 times for 70 yards, an average of 4.4 yards per carry, on Sunday. With Foster hurt and quite possibly missing the home opener againt Cleveland, according to the story, and Ajayi still trying to escape Adam Gase’s dog house, an opportunity exists for Drake, the third-rounder out of Alabama.
Obviously Foster's injury history is well known. He had also been dealing with a hamstring injury during the week but was a full participant in Friday's practice. Jay Ajayi came in and promptly lost a fumble on the Dolphins' opening drive of the second half. Ajayi did carry five times but the team was in comeback mode so it's hard to tell what any future plans at running back would be should Foster have to miss more time. Isaiah Pead was inactive but could be a name to watch.
Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring, questionable) took full practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 2. Foster’s absence earlier in the week was a bit worrisome given his history of soft-tissue injuries, but it looks like it was just a maintenance day. This should serve as a reminder that Jay Ajayi has value as an attrition play given Foster’s long history of injury, though it should be noted that he doesn’t have the backup job locked up. Foster practiced fully for two days, so we expect him to play. The Dolphins play early on Sunday.
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:05pm
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Foster’s absence earlier in the week was a bit worrisome given his history of soft-tissue injuries, but it looks like it was just a maintenance day. This should serve as a reminder that Jay Ajayi has value as an attrition play given Foster’s long history of injury, though it should be noted that he doesn’t have the backup job locked up.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 8:02pm
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Foster’s absence is a bit worrisome given his history of soft-tissue injuries. Even though Jay Ajayi was inactive last week, he’s the best bet to assume RB1 carries if Foster can’t play.
Friday, September 9, 2016, 5:48pm
Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (not injury related, out) missed practice Friday and is out for Week 1. Ajayi is out after not even making the trip to Seattle. Arian Foster will be a workhorse in a very tough matchup against the Seahawks.
Shortly after running back Arian Foster signed with the Dolphins this summer, Dolphins coach Adam Gase said that “time will tell” if Foster is on the field for the first snap of games but that the veteran is “going to be rolling with the ones” during the 2016 season.
It looks like Foster will be able to start rolling with the ones from the start of the regular season. Foster is listed as the starting running back on the team’s Week 1 depth chart after sitting behind Jay Ajayi on earlier versions.
Gase said that Foster’s experience and his performance in camp helped him jump Ajayi, the story said. Damien Williams is the No. 3 with Isaiah Pead and rookie Kenyan Drake in the “other” category. It's a tough Week 1 matchup against the Seahawks and keep in mind the team does not want to substitute players during drives so Ajayi should still be a factor. But for now Foster looks to be the safer fantasy play.
Foster was in for nine snaps and got the ball on two of them without finding much running room. Foster lost five yards while getting little help from the blocking on his two carries, leaving coach Adam Gase to make plans to extend Foster’s time on the field against the Falcons on Thursday.
“We didn’t have much to evaluate,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “Whatever carries he had, there wasn’t much there to try to create. He did a couple of things on his own. Hopefully we can take a long look at him this week. I don’t want to overdo it with him. Obviously, his resume speaks for itself.”
The story went on to say the Dolphins are expected to keep the first team in the game into the second half on Thursday, so there will be more snaps for Foster as the team works on setting up the look of their backfield for the start of the regular season. With rookie Kenyan Drake still sidelined by a hamstring injury, that look will likely come down to how they balance playing time for Foster and Jay Ajayi.
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