PHILADELPHIA, PA –
The Eagles running back committee lost a crucial piece today, as ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter recently reported RB Jay Ajayi has torn his ACL and his season is done.
Eagles’ RB Jay Ajayi tore his ACL and is out for the season, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 8, 2018
The video below shows where it seems most likely that Ajayi suffered the knee injury as he plants awkwardly and has his foot slide out from underneath him as he fumbles. Ajayi did return for the first play on the next series, but a false start penalty was called. He never saw the field after that.
Sideline reporter Erin Andrews was the first to report that Jay Ajayi was dealing with a knee injury and was questionable to come back into the game in the final minute of the third quarter.
Ajayi struggled to stay healthy all season, battling various injuries to stay in the lineup. He missed significant time against Tampa Bay and was a non-factor early in most of the games this season as it seemed the Eagles were preserving his carries for later in the contests.
The Eagles will be thin heading into New York for a Thursday night showdown with the Giants. Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams are the only healthy running backs on the depth chart as neither Corey Clement or Darren Sproles have recorded a carry in the last two weeks.
The question looms on the Eagles exploring Le’Veon Bell as a trade option now that they are thin. Multiple reports tied Bell to the Eagles last week.