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Ajayi activated, could make NFL debut Sunday

Miami running back Jay Ajayi runs through drills with the Dolphins.
Miami running back Jay Ajayi runs through drills with the Dolphins. The Associated Press

Running back Jay Ajayi (Boise State) hasn’t played a real football game since the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31.

More than 10 months later, he’s in Buffaloafter being activated by the Dolphins, who play the Bills.

Ajayi, a fifth-round draft pick in the spring, had been on the reserve injured-designated for return list with a chest/rib injury suffered in the preseason. To make room on the roster, the Dolphins waived center Sam Brenner.

“This is a dream come true for me, the NFL,’’ Ajayi told reporters last week. “For it to have happened this way, with the injury starting off, that’s not what I expected. At the same time, I’m still very excited for my career. I’m still very motivated to prove a lot of things to myself that I feel I want to accomplish. I’m really excited to just see what unfolds throughout this week and if I’m able to really start my NFL career off against the Bills, it’ll be an exciting thing for me.”

Ajayi, who could play behind starter Lamar Miller, has been practicing for two weeks. Miller has 303 yards and three TDs in his last three games, but had only 15 yards in a loss at the Patriots last week.

“I definitely want to be an added component to this running game. Lamar has been doing great and I just want to be able to, if my number is called, step in and make big plays for this team,’’ Ajayi said.

“I would probably say this has been the longest eight weeks of my life. ... I’m ready to get it going.”