NFL Fantasy Football Injury Alert: Kenyan Drake

TAMPA — Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake has a walking boot on his right foot.


Drake does not have structural damage, according to a league source. But with the season opener against Baltimore less than four weeks away, there is cause for concern.


"We take things day-to-day here," Miami coach Brian Flores said Wednesday. "The opener’s down the road. He’s got a little injury, and I think we — he’s just going to take it day-to-day. He’s got a great attitude about it. I think he’ll be okay."


With Drake injured, Kalen Ballage stood out in a joint practice against the Bucs. Ballage, 6-foot-2, 231 pounds, scored two touchdowns on explosive runs.


"Oh, I saw them," Flores said. "They all work together. It’s 11 guys. If you put 11 guys in and they execute their responsibility, you’ll get a good play. Kalen did a good job of making a guy miss, and that’s how you get long runs, receivers blocking corners and secondary players, and that’s how you get long runs. It takes everybody."


Added Ballage, 23: "This isn’t college any more. It’s not high school. In my opinion, age doesn’t really matter. I think you just come out here and if you can ball, you can ball."


Drake, 25, has looked dynamic in the spring and summer. Of course, Drake has averaged 4.7 yards per rush in the first three years of his career, with nine rushing and six receiving touchdowns.


Questions about if Drake can be an every-down, work-horse back plagued Drake when he entered the NFL Draft. But Drake has played in all 48 regular season games since entering the league.


Drake’s absences in a preseason game Friday night should provide an extended opportunity for Ballage and third-teamer Mark Walton, the former University of Miami standout who has looked shifty and slippery in practice.


The Dolphins also figure to feature Patrick Laird, an undrafted rookie free agent from California who has opened eyes with some power runs.


Among the other Dolphins who missed Wednesday practice with undetailed injuries: DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant, Kiko Alonso, Raekwon McMillan, Reshad Jones and T.J. McDonald.


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