Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake was held out of practice Monday while wearing a walking boot.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said the team kept the running back out of practice for precautionary reasons, adding that the boot was due to general training camp soreness, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic.
The Cards don't expect the injury to affect Drake's readiness for Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers.
A revelation in Kingsbury's offense, Drake earned 643 yards and eight TDs on just 123 carries in eight games in Arizona last year and added 174 receiving yards on 22 catches. A dual-threat, Drake fits perfectly into the Cardinals offense. He's such a good match the team was willing to transition tag him for a price of $8.48 million in 2020 to ensure he had at least one full year under Kingsbury.
If injury did keep Drake out any time this season, it would open the door for Chase Edmonds to grab a full-time role. At this point, however, it seems Arizona is just being cautious with Drake, as many teams are this time of year with starters.
Drake concurs with that line of thinking, tweeting Monday, "Was in a walking (boot) around this time last summer too. Just trying to stay consistent lol no worries I'm good."