Las Vegas Raiders’ Kenyan Drake out for the season with broken ankle

Vincent Frank
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Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake (23) is taken off the field with an injury against the Washington Football Team in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Now 6-6 on the season, the Las Vegas Raiders will have to go the rest of the way without Kenyan Drake in the mix. Multiple media reports indicate that the top back up running back to Josh Jacobs is out for the remainder of the campaign after suffering a broken ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Washington Football Team.

Signed to a two-year, $11 million contract back in March, Drake registered 537 total yards at a clip of 5.9 yards per touch in his first 11 games with the Raiders prior to Sunday.

It’s not a surprise that Drake is lost for the season given that he was almost immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game on Sunday after touching the ball just two times.

Impact of Kenyan Drake injury on the Las Vegas Raiders

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Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake (23) is consoled by quarterback Derek Carr (4) after suffering an injury against the Washington Football Team in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not a reach to conclude that Drake was performing at a higher clip than Jacobs prior to going down to injury. In fact, he averaged 1.5 more yards per touch heading into Week 13.

More than that, depth is going to be a major issue moving forward. Jalen Richard and Peyton Barber have touched the ball a combined 55 times on the season. Neither one has played much of a role outside of Barber gaining 111 rushing yards all the way back in Week 3.

It’s now all about finding some sense of balance for Derek Carr and a fledgling Raiders offense. Prior to putting up 36 points in a Thanksgiving day win over the Dallas Cowboys, Vegas had scored a combined 43 points in its previous three games. It added a mere 15 in an ugly two-point home loss to Washington on Sunday.

The Raiders find themselves at 6-6 and have now lost four of five. They are one game behind the Cincinnati Bengals for the seventh and final playoff spot in the AFC and have already lost to Cincinnati this season.

It’s now time for Carr and Co. to step up.