Updated: 5:10 p.m.
Jay Ajayi was indeed in the NovaCare Complex on Friday morning for a workout and it apparently went well.
The Eagles officially signed him on Friday afternoon. They also placed Darren Sproles on IR.
On Friday morning, we learned why the Eagles were interested in Ajayi. Sproles is out for the year and Jordan Howard has a stinger and hasn’t yet been cleared for contact.
That left Miles Sanders and Boston Scott as the only healthy running backs on the roster. Sanders is the only healthy running back from the original 53-man roster.
Earlier this morning, Pederson confirmed that Ajayi was in the building.
“We'll see where he’s at physically, see where he is health-wise,” he said.
Apparently, Ajayi’s knee checked out.
It’s hard to believe, but Ajayi is still just 26. He’s coming off an ACL tear last season and he already had issues with his knees, which is the easiest explanation for why he’s unsigned in November.
Because during his career, Ajayi has been a really good player. He has a career yards-per-carry average of 4.5 and was very good for the Eagles during their Super Bowl run in 2017 and even the first quarter of the 2018 season.
During last season, Ajayi wasn’t shy about how important the contract season was for him. He wanted to earn a big contract somewhere, but that was derailed by the ACL injury.
The Eagles initially picked up Ajayi for a fourth-round pick at the 2017 trade deadline. Before that deal, there were questions about Ajayi’s locker room presence, but he ended up being a great fit in Philly and helped seal a Super Bowl title.
It’s also important to remember that Ajayi hasn’t played in over a year. He tore his ACL on Oct. 7 last season. He probably won’t be able to carry a heavy workload early or perhaps ever again, but the Eagles obviously think he might have something left.
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