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HENDERSON, Nev. Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake will travel “in a few days” to Birmingham, Alabama, to undergo end-of-season surgery on his broken right ankle, Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia said Monday at his weekly press conference.
Drake, who was run off the field after being tackled and twisted down from behind by Washington’s Daniel Wise midway through the second quarter of the Raiders’ 17-15 loss, took to Twitter Sunday night to say that the tackle that hurt him “should be an illegal form of tackling like a horse collar.”
Bisaccia said Monday that Drake was frustrated since sustaining a similar injury last season when he had a high right ankle sprain in Week 7 while playing for the Arizona Cardinals against the Seattle Seahawks. He missed a fight with that injury.
“When you look at the piece on tape, it did not look intentional,” Bisaccia said. “I think he got himself in a funky body position eventually when he went to goal … the guy knocked him over in a way, got his ankle caught underneath.
“Of course, it ended up being a roll-up position eventually.”
Drake, 27, signed a $ 14.5 million two-year free agent contract with $ 11 million guaranteed with the Raiders this offseason. A versatile change of pace left to complement starter Josh Jacobs, Drake rushed 254 yards and two touchdowns on 63 carries and caught 29 passes for 283 yards and a TD. He also returned 10 kickoffs for 192 yards for the Raiders.
The Raiders have also lost defender Alec Ingold for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee and backup runback Jalen Richard was placed on the COVID list the morning of the Washington game.