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.
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury on RB Kenyan Drake being in a walking boot today at practice: He said it was more precautionary than anything, wouldn't say it would keep him out of the season opener at 49ers.— Bob McManaman (@azbobbymac) August 24, 2020
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.