The Las Vegas Raiders lost a tough game to the Washington Football Team Sunday, 17-15. During the loss, the Raiders also lost running back Kenyan Drake for the rest of the season with a broken ankle.
Following the loss, Drake shared on Twitter his thoughts on the tackle that will cost him the rest of the season.
Graphic Video Warning: The #NFL needs to look at this specific style of tackling. They are throwing flags for taunting and protecting qbs from getting touched but this is my 2nd straight season being injured by a guy pulling me back and using his body weight to roll up my legs. pic.twitter.com/zgJt4rM9yG
— Kenyan Drake™ (@KDx32) December 6, 2021
Midway through the 2nd quarter, Kenyan Drake was hit by three Washington defenders as he rolled up on his ankle. He was pulled down by Daniel Wise from behind while being hit by Deshazor Everett and Jamin Davis. Drake was carted off the field and did not return.
Shortly after the game it was revealed that Drake had broken his ankle and he would likely miss the rest of the season.
Clearly, he is taking exception with the type of hit that took him out. As he points out, the NFL is concerned with taunting and protecting the quarterback, but not hits where someone is pulling a ball carrier from behind with their body weight.
Drake referenced the injury last season as well. In 2020, he suffered a ligament tear in his ankle in Arizona’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Drake then signed a two-year contract with the Raiders during the off season. The deal was worth up to $14.5 million with $11 million guaranteed. He had taken a back seat this year to starting running back Josh Jacobs, but when called upon, had done a nice job for the Raiders.
Jacobs, after the game, gave his thoughts. “I know he’s had significant injuries in the past… So, I’m just praying for him right now and praying for his family. His whole family was here at the game.”