Raiders RB Kenyan Drake suffered a broken ankle in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Washington Football Team and will be out for the remainder of the season, according to multiple reports.
Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said after the game that Drake’s injury was concerning and the severity of the injury has now been confirmed.
Drake finishes his first season with the Raiders with 64 carries for 254 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and 30 catches for 291 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Drake took to Twitter to discuss the play that caused his injury, saying that the type of tackle that resulted in his legs being rolled up on by the tackling defender should be flagged. Drake said this is the second straight season he has been injured by that type of tackle. He missed time with the Arizona Cardinals in 2020 with an ankle sprain.
Drake signed a two-year, $11 million contract this offseason with the Raiders and is guaranteed $5.5 million in 2022. Drake has served in a complementary role to RB Josh Jacobs this season. Jacobs finished Sunday’s game with a career-high nine catches in Drake’s absence.
RB Jalen Richard was out Sunday due to COVID-19 protocols. RB Peyton Barber was the only other active running back against Washington and he may be in line for an expanded role with Kenyan Drake out with a broken ankle.
The Raiders all of a sudden find themselves hurting for offensive weapons. The offense has not been as potent since the release of WR Henry Ruggs III, and TE Darren Waller was out Sunday due to a knee injury. It’s not known whether Waller will return for Sunday’s game against Kansas City.
The Raiders enter the final five games of their season outside of the AFC playoff picture. Each of the five remaining teams on the Raiders’ schedule currently stand with .500 records or better. Considering the tight AFC playoff race, the Raiders still have a chance to earn a playoff spot with some key wins down the stretch.
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