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Friday practice report with Dolphins injury updates for Ajayi, Phillips

Jay Ajayi has been dealing with a knee issue this week.
Jay Ajayi has been dealing with a knee issue this week. AP

Jay Ajayi was back in uniform and practiced Friday after sitting out the previous two days with a knee injury.

Ajayi had a black sleeve on his right leg, and seemed to have slight hitch when running. While the Dolphins listed Ajayi as questionable on their Friday injury report, he is expected to play Sunday against the Jets.

A knee injury is always a cause for Ajayi, who fell in the 2015 draft due to cartilage concerns coming out of Boise State. Ajayi was repeatedly said that the old injury is not a concern.

“Feeling good today,” Ajayi said. “Talking with the coaches, I think we’ve got a good plan leading up leading up to this game.”

Meanwhile, Jordan Phillips in doubtful to play Sunday after missing the entire week with an ankle injury. The defensive tackle was again in a walking boot early in practice, but shed the device while going through rehab. Phillips boxed to the side while his teammates practiced Friday.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase didn’t seem at all optimistic about Phillips playing when he met with reporters after practice, saying Phillips had “a little rougher of a week than we anticipated.”

If Phillips cannot go, Davon Godchaux will start and fellow rookie Vincent Taylor will be the first defensive tackle off the bench. But four might not be enough to get through a game, so the Dolphins also have contingencies. Terrence Fede and William Hayes could slide inside at times Sunday.

Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins running back, talks about his experience in 'concussion protocol'.

As for DeVante Parker (ankle) and Jarvis Landry (knee), both practiced Friday after missing time earlier in the week. Like Ajayi, they are questionable to play but will also play Sunday, barring a setback.

Linebacker Rey Maualuga (hamstring) has not practiced in two weeks and has been officially ruled out for Sunday.

Finally, running back Damien Williams is questionable to play Sunday with a rib injury.

▪  Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso launched a fundraiser Friday for the victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria, pledging $25,000 to the fund. Alonso has family in Puerto Rico and has been moved by the “devastating” images he’s seen from there. His goal is to raise $150,000, and as of Friday afternoon, was more than a third of the way there.

Those wanting to donate can do so at YouCaring.com/Kiko.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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