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Dolphins’ Jay Ajayi evaluated for concussion after leaving practice field

Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi is being evaluated for a concussion after exiting the team’s Monday morning practice early, according to coach Adam Gase.

During the Dolphins’ first day in full pads, Ajayi was having a productive workout until he took a hard hit from his teammates. The third-year rusher was seen walking with team trainers to the locker room and did not return to the field.

I will know more this afternoon, Gase said in a press conference after practice, via USA Today. I didn’t go get a full debriefing on everything today so far. I usually give it a couple of hours.

Ajayi rushed for 1,272 yards, which ranked fourth in the NFL, and eight touchdowns in 15 games for Miami last season. The 24-year-old’s breakout performance earned him Pro Bowl honors for the first time since being selected out of Boise State in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The 49ers are projected to have plenty of cap space to sign a quarterback next season. Plus, their quarterback depth chart isn’t very inspiring. They’re heading into the 2017 season with journeymen Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, as well as third-round pick C.J. Beathard.

If Cousins doesn’t end up in San Francisco, he will still be a hot commodity. He will need to have another strong season this year, but even if he doesn’t, he can blame any dip in his numbers on the departure of several familiar faces. This offseason, Washington lost another offensive coordinator (Sean McVay, now the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams), and its top two receivers (DeSean Jackson and Pierre Gar?on).

If Washington doesn’t tag Cousins a third time and that’s unlikely given the $34 million price tag that would go with it it can still try to extend him next offseason. But the team would have to shell out big money.

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