Dolphins beat writer Cameron Wolfe tweets, "Just saw Kenyan Drake in a walking boot out here in Tampa to start practice. He left practice early yesterday due to injury."
UPDATE: Miami coach Brian Flores says that Drake will be out for "a while" but he is hopeful Drake will be ready for Week 1. This news gives Kalen Ballage a real boost, as he's already been seeing work with the first team. Even if Drake can get back for Week 1, there's a good chance Ballage leads the way at least to start the season.
Beat writer Joe Schad did say that Kenyan Drake's injury isn't structural. That's not a lot to go on, but it's better than him being out for the season. Drake has shared work with Kalen Ballage this summer but has managed to stay ahead of him for the most part. Hopefully, we'll hear more about the extent of the injury sooner than later.
MIA RB Kalen Ballage - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook
Kalen Ballage had a huge game last season in Week 15 when he ran for 123 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. The fourth-round draft pick saw limited playing time, but looked good late in the season when he had opportunities. With Frank Gore gone, we expect Ballage to have a larger role than he had for most of 2018.
Ballage is the clear backup to Kenyan Drake heading into 2019. Even with increased playing time, it’s difficult to see how he’s able to make enough of an impact to become fantasy relevant this season. He’s the backup rusher on what’s expected to be one of the worst offenses in the league.
2019 Bottom Line
Ballage isn’t much more than a handcuff to Drake. He’s a talented back, but we like Drake a lot more and expect him to get the majority of the touches in 2019. Ballage will be worth adding this season if Drake suffers an injury and misses time, but otherwise, he holds little fantasy relevance.