Ajayi said after the Eagles' 27-21 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday that his back injury would require management and acknowledged that he has to "get himself right," Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Ajayi was forced into the locker room in the first half with the injury, but he was back on the sideline for the start of the third quarter and re-entered the contest, finishing the day with 23 yards and a touchdown on seven carries to go with a four-yard reception. While it's encouraging that Ajayi was able to return, the Eagles' decision to promote Josh Adams from their practice squad Tuesday suggests there could be concern about the health of either Ajayi or Darren Sproles (hamstring) or both heading into the Week 3 matchup with the Colts. Ajayi's participation -- or lack thereof -- at Wednesday's practice should provide a better gauge of his health.
Ajayi overcame an in-game back injury to return to the contest in the second half, and his two-yard scoring run with nine seconds left in the third quarter brought the Eagles to within 27-13 at the time. The time Ajayi spent on the sideline naturally kept his workload modest, but the 25-year-old encouragingly has three touchdowns over his first two games. Assuming his back doesn't remain an issue, Ajayi will look to up his overall production in a favorable matchup against the Colts in Week 3.
Ajayi (back) returned to Sunday's contest in Tampa Bay.
Ajayi was removed early and diagnosed with a back injury that forced a visit to the locker room. However, he was seen on the sideline with his helmet late in the first half and proceeded to open the third quarter with a 20-yard run. His touches could be limited the rest of the game, but he appears to be healthy enough to finish it out.
Ajayi was ultimately the Eagles' offensive linchpin on a night when points were at a premium. The fourth-year veteran started off relatively slow but eventually picked up the pace, capping off a pair of long second-half drives with rushing scores. The first consisted of a powerful one-yard burst that put the exclamation point on an 11-play, 63-yard march in the third quarter, while the second was an 11-yard scamper around left end with 2:19 remaining in the contest that gave the Eagles the lead back for good. Ajayi's workload Thursday was probably ideal from coach Doug Pederson's perspective, as the team would like to preserve Ajayi throughout the regular season while also giving Corey Clement and Darren Sproles their share of touches. Ajayi will look to build on the strong season-opening effort versus the Buccaneers in a Week 2 matchup on Sept. 16.
Ajayi doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game versus the Falcons, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Held out as a precaution Sunday due to a foot injury, Ajayi followed a limited/full/full regimen in drills in preparation for the Eagles' regular-season opener. He'll thus be ready to handle the initial reps out of the backfield, but Darren Sproles and Corey Clement will be on hand to serve as change-of-pace options.
|4||9/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|6||10/11/18||@ NYG||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|