Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, a highly hyped fifth-round draft pick, is out with a hamstring injury.
It wasn’t immediately known who long he will be out.
Ajayi, who is competing for the No. 2 running back job, had just one carry for 12 yards in Friday’s scrimmage.
While it wouldn’t be a surprise for the Dolphins to keep four backs, VP Mike Tannenbaum said last week that Ajayi needs to work on his pass protection if he wants to be active on Sundays.
He found a job with the Dolphins three weeks later, initially on the practice squad and then on the 53-man roster beginning in mid-November. But he had only three carries, for 9 yards.
“I can do anything,” he said. “I can play receiver, running back, returner. … I love my chances against anybody. I just have to believe in myself.”
“Jay Ajayi is picking things up and improving. I really like the group.”
He also mentioned Mike Gillislee’s work in the red zone.
The former Oregon star is challenging for the backup running back behind Lamar Miller. James, selected in the second round in 2012, has looked very good in training camp, according to the story. The odds are likely against him as Williams projects to be the RB2 and Jay Ajayi is at least a good change of pace back to give the team a power running option.
Monday, June 29, 2015, 2:33pm
Walker: James is an interesting project for Miami. He was a hot name coming out of Oregon in 2012 and the 49ers took him with the No. 61 overall pick. But the smaller James never fit San Francisco's power running game and he was released in his third season. The Dolphins picked him up, but James played in only two games last season and rushed for 9 yards on three carries. This is a huge year for James to prove himself. He's had a full offseason with the Dolphins to learn the offense, and the backup tailback position is wide open behind starter and 1,000-yard rusher Lamar Miller.
Walker went on to say that James is a better fit for Miami’s spread scheme under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, and the running back has made some nice plays this spring. But James will compete for reps with a crowded group of running backs that includes Miller, rookie Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and Mike Gillislee. Miami may keep only three tailbacks on its active roster and it could come down to Williams or James for the final spot.
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:18pm
Lamar Miller is active for the Dolphins and expected to see an increased workload from last week when he gained only 6 yards on 5 touches and played just 11 snaps. Still, Miller is not a recommended play on a short week in a tough matchup with the Bills, who are giving up the third fewest aFPA to running backs this season.
It is apparently not as it bad as it looks for Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller. If you are into connecting dots to build a picture, then the picture of the current situation would look terible for Miller.
But a source tells me Miller "is fine." He did not reinjure his shoulder against the Lions. He can practice this week (perhaps on a limited basis, if that's what trainers decide) and he can play against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, barring another setback to the shoulder.
So after getting some bad injury news the past 24 hours, this is good news for the Dolphins.
Miller was limited in Week 10, and the team promoted LaMichael James today from the practice squad. We're still not sure what kind of role Miller will have in Week 11. It's a short week against the Bills. It's possible he was limited against the Lions so he can be ready to go Thursday night, but the short week is a concern.
Monday, November 10, 2014, 1:21pm
The Dolphins are promoting running back LaMichael James from the practice squad. That means Miami will have four running backs on the active roster — Lamar Miller, Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas and James.
James — 5-foot-9, 195 pounds — was a star running back at the University of Oregon. He led the NCAA in rushing with 1,731 yards in 2010.
He was drafted in the second round of the 2012 Draft by San Francisco but he’s rushed for just 184 yards in his career.
Miller is dealing with a shoulder injury and was limited to just four carries in Sunday’s loss to Detroit. Williams had a team-high seven carries for 34 yards. It may be a move to add some insurance at the position, especially if Miller is going to be limited, or perhaps even out. It's a quick turnaround as the Dolphins play the Bills Thursday night.
Moreno played in just three games this season and rushed for 10 yards on six carries in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Moreno was an important part of Miami's rushing attack. He was second on the team in carries (31) and rushing yards (148). Moreno also averaged 4.8 yards per carry.
But injuries have hampered Moreno all season. He had knee surgery in the summer and missed a portion of training camp. Moreno also suffered an elbow injury that kept him out of two games in the regular season before suffering his latest season-ending knee injury.
This pretty much came out of nowhere. Moreno, who signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins, will become an unrestricted free agent next March. It now looks like Lamar Miller (330 rushing yards, three touchdowns) will carry an even bigger load for the Dolphins with Daniel Thomas chipping in as well. Damien Williams and LaMichael James could also see time but this looks like it's mainly going to be Miller's job.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:21pm
The deal Tuesday came after James was released Sept. 8 by the San Francisco 49ers, who took him in the second round of the 2012 draft.
After cutting LaMichael James this week, the 49ers have just two tailbacks on the roster. Facing a Chicago Bears team that gave up 193 yards on the ground in its opener, you have to figure the Niners would stick to a ground attack in christening Levi's Stadium. So investing in Frank Gore seems smart. But the feeling in Santa Clara, California, is quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the read-option could make a big comeback against the Bears as well.
Monday, September 8, 2014, 2:41pm
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:10pm
The third-year pro, who began training camp 18 pounds heavier than he was during his rookie campaign, made a speedy recovery in hopes of building momentum heading into the regular season.
He plans on carrying the ball and being active in the return game Sunday.
“I’ll do it all,” James said.
James initially went down in a 1-on-1 blitz pickup drill on July 26 while trying to block inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite. He’ll wear a brace to protect his elbow for now, but he hopes to “ditch it” after the preseason.
Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:01am
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said his first impression of the game was that his team has some work to do.
Harbaugh was pleased with the way rookie running back Carlos Hyde ran. Hyde was authoritative and explosive as he had 39 yards on five carries.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:16pm
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said running back LaMichael James is confident that he can come back quickly from a dislocated elbow. This is James’ third dislocated elbow since high school. He returned quickly both times. He was injured Sunday, and the working estimation is he will be out for four weeks.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:38am
Smith joins a unit hit hard by injuries since training camp practices began Thursday. Kendall Hunter, the incumbent No. 2 back behind Frank Gore, sustained a season-ending knee injury Friday, then LaMichael James dislocated an elbow Sunday that could sideline him for a month.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:09am
He's 31, ancient in running back years, and is surrounded by younger players, including two of the most highly regarded runners in the last two drafts, Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde. Lattimore's challenge of Gore may be delayed. When the 49ers' first practice of training camp began Thursday, he was on the physically-unable-to-perform list as he continues to come back from his 2012 knee injury.
If the 49ers are eying a running-back-by-committee approach this season, they're not letting on.
Gore already lost two of his potential backups, though. Kendall Hunter is done for the year and LaMichael James is going to miss all of the preseason. That leaves Hyde as his main competition at the moment in camp until Lattimore returns, so it looks like Gore could emerge as a guy to again get significant work, perhaps especially early on in the season. Gore's age and previous workload are a little scary and because of that we have him ranked 23rd among our backs with an ADP of the 7th round. He looks to be a good depth option for your team, and if you can land him as an RB3, you should be in pretty good shape with your fantasy backfield.
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