DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi is the only player in the NFL this year to have multiple 200-yard rushing games. In fact, Ajayi is one of just four players in league history to post three 200-yard games in the same season.
However, that wasn’t enough to get Ajayi to his first Pro Bowl. Miami’s second-year running back was among the league's biggest Pro Bowl snubs.
Ajayi is sixth in the NFL in rushing with 1,213 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale against the New England Patriots.
“It’s not really anything I can do about it. ... It’s just a little more motivation to keep working and keep striving to be the best,” Ajayi said Wednesday.
Ajayi earned his second AFC Player of the Week award for his 206 rushing yards in a victory over the Buffalo Bills. His 57-yard run in overtime set up Miami’s game-winning field goal.
Ajayi said he’s grateful for the weekly awards, but hasn’t been able to fully process all his success during this breakout year.
“I don’t think it’s really settling in right now,” Ajayi said. “Probably after the season, when I can sit back and see what I was able to accomplish, it will probably hit me more. Right now we’re still in everything. So my mind is kind of just on New England and wanting to do it again.”
Here are some other notes on the Dolphins:
The Dolphins could be thin at linebacker against the Patriots. Starter Jelani Jenkins (knee) and top backup Spencer Paysinger (knee) both did not practice Wednesday. No. 1 cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle) also did not practice.
Hall of Fame receiver Paul Warfield visited the Dolphins’ practice Wednesday. Safety and captain Michael Thomas said Warfield joked to the defensive backs that they couldn’t cover Warfield in his heyday.
Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was dominant in his first meeting against the Patriots and had 12 tackles. Suh said he had a good feel for New England’s running game and is hopeful to have another good read on the Patriots on Sunday.