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Kenyan Drake spotted in walking boot

Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake was unable to practice on Monday.

Running back Kenyan Drake #41 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football during a NFL team training camp at University of State Farm Stadium on August 20, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Cardinals starting running back Kenyan Drake didn’t practice on Monday, but was instead seen in a walking boot, per Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic. Coach Kliff Kingsbury downplayed the injury, but would not comment on how long he could be out.

For now, I don’t think we should downgrade Drake in fantasy drafts unless we hear more dire reports, as this is likely precautionary. Drake was a stud last season after being traded by the Dolphins to the Cardinals. He rushed 123 times for 643 yards (5,2 ypc) and eight touchdowns and caught 28-of-35 targets for an 171 additional yards.

Drake has never played a full season as the starter, with 170 carries last year equaling the highest number he’s had in a season. His injury, however minor, is a reminder that he has a strong backup in Chase Edmonds. The Cardinals should improve offensively this season and that means heightened scoring opportunities for whatever running back is healthy.