Dolphins’ Kenyan Drake is out of walking boot
The Miami Dolphins had an injury scare when Kenyan Drake went down with a foot injury in practice nearly a week ago. The day after, Drake was seen in a walking boot. Head coach Brian Flores said that the running back would be out ‘a while‘.
During pregame warmups on Thursday, Drake was seen out of his walking boot and jogging. That’s good news for the Dolphins, who are hoping to get their starting running back before Week 1 of the regular season.
In 2018, Drake proved himself to be the most dynamic running back in Miami’s backfield alongside veteran Frank Gore and rookie Kalen Ballage. Drake rushed for 535 yards and four touchdowns in just seven starts.
The Alabama product also showed off his receiving ability with 53 receptions, 477 yards, and five touchdowns through the air. Under Flores, the Dolphins are focused on improving their overall offense and Drake is crucial to that.
Last season, Miami had the 30th ranked passing offense and the 18th ranked rushing offense. Earlier this offseason, the team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick and traded for Josh Rosen to improve the quarterback position.
While Drake nurses his foot injury, Ballage and rookie Patrick Laird have taken the bulk of the carries in the preseason thus far. Ballage is entering his second season with the Dolphins after being taken in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Last year, the former Arizona State product rushed for 191 yards on just 36 rushing attempts. Considering the limited experience in the Dolphins current backfield, Miami is hoping that Drake can make his return within the next two weeks.