The running back is still in concussion protocol, but he was on the field with his pads and helmet on, catching passes from Cutler, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Ajayi is not cleared for game action, but having him on the practice field is a positive sign for the running back's progression.
Video evidence of the news:
(Sidebar: You got to lead him, Cutty. Guess Jay is still knocking off the rust.)
Ajayi's progression back from concussion protocol is important as we grind toward the regular season. The bruising back was a top-five runner down the stretch last season, despite playing behind a porous offensive line. Ajayi enters 2017 as the focal point of Gase's offense.
A healthy Ajayi gives the Dolphins one of the most balanced offenses in the NFL. Tuesday's participation marks a step in him returning to full health.
Here is the other injury news we are tracking Tuesday:
- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Donavin Newsom was taken off the field by paramedics at practice on Tuesday after colliding with a teammate, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The team has reported that Newsome does not have any cervical spine fractures, but he does have a concussion. Newsom is still being observed at Stanford Medical Center.
- Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said rookie wide receiver Mike Williams (back) is running and making progress.