By Nick Shook
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Swap one injured back for another. That’s how it seems things are going so far in Miami’s camp.
One day after Arian Foster “annihilated” his conditioning test, earning him freedom from the physically unable to perform list, running back Jay Ajayi is missing Dolphins practice, NFL Media’s Jeff Darlington reported.
Ajayi is on the practice field, but on the side riding a stationary bike. That should be encouraging enough to expect he and Foster to resume their time together in the backfield in the near future, though it is sobering to consider the running back vying for a starting job is dealing with a knee issue before the team has even entered full pads.
Ajayi later told reporters, per The Miami Herald, that he’s currently battling a bone bruise in his knee but doesn’t expect to be out for very long.
Here are more injuries we’ve been tracking on Monday:
3. NFL Media’s Michael Silver reported Chargers wide receiver Stevie Johnson has a torn meniscus and will undergo surgery to repair the tear soon. Silver added it is unclear whether knee surgery will sideline Johnson for the entire 2016 season.
5. Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (ankle) was limited in practice Monday. Two Bears — wide receiver Eddie Royal and tight end Zach Miller — are going through the concussion protocol, head coach John Fox said. Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was also limited with a shoulder injury.
Cornerback Mike Jenkins broke a bone in his hand over the weekend and is having surgery Monday, coach Bruce Arians said. The hope is Jenkins should be able to play with a cast in two to three weeks.
8. Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford missed practice Monday with a back issue after having an MRI Sunday. Head coach Jason Garrett said the back issue is one Crawford has dealt with in the past, but the team is taking it day-by-day with him.
9. The muddled Seahawks‘ backfield won’t get much clarity this week when it comes to rookie running back C.J. Prosise, who will miss another five to eight days with a grade-one hamstring strain, head coach Pete Carroll said. Carroll added that tight end Cooper Helfet broke a bone in his foot, but does not need surgery.