Kenyan Drake suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the Raiders’ 17-15 loss to the Washington Football Team on Sunday afternoon.
The injury occurred when Drake carried the ball on the Raiders’ third drive of the game and was tackled for no gain. When he was pulled to the ground, his ankle got pinned underneath the tackler, Daniel Wise.
That pull-back motion ended up causing a graphic injury to Drake’s ankle. The veteran running back had to be carted off the field and was ruled out quickly because of a broken ankle.
#Raiders RB Kenyan Drake suffered a broken ankle in today’s game, sources say, and he is out for the season. Drake, the team’s second-leading rusher, was ruled out quickly in the loss to the Washington Football Team.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2021
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Drake is taking a stand after his latest ankle injury. He took to Twitter to implore the NFL to consider making that type of pull-back tackling illegal in the name of player safety.
“The NFL needs to look at this specific style of tackling,” Drake wrote. “They are throwing flags for taunting and protecting QBs from getting touched but this is my second straight season being injured by a guy pulling me back and using his body weight to roll up on my legs.”
“If the emphasis is to protect the players, this should be an illegal form of tackling like a horse collar,” he continued in a subsequent tweet. “We lose players weekly to high ankle sprains and broken bones but the league would rather flag players for erroneous taunting penalties. Let’s get the priorities together.”
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Drake did, in fact, suffer a painful ankle injury in 2020 while with the Cardinals. He was carted off the field in Week 7, but the injury wasn’t as serious as the team had feared. He missed one game before returning to action.
This time, Drake wasn’t as lucky. And he knew it.
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Teammate and fellow running back Josh Jacobs said that Drake told him, “It’s broke,” before the Raiders’ medical staff got onto the field.
“I know he’s had significant injuries in the past,” Jacobs said, per ESPN. “So, I’m just praying for him right now and praying for his family. His whole family was here at the game.”