Humphrey, Drake to Miss Remainder of the 2021 NFL Season
Two prominent Alabama alumni have seen their 2021 NFL season come to an early end. Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake suffered a broken ankle in Sunday's loss to the Washington Football Team. Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both players will miss the remainder of the season.
For Drake, 2021 will go down as his worst season statistically since his rookie season in 2016 with the Miami Dolphins. Drake served as a change-of-pace back to fellow Alabama alumni Josh Jacobs, totaling 254 yards and two touchdowns on 63 carries as well as 291 yards and a score on 30 receptions.
Drake signed a two-year deal with the Raiders last offseason, so he's expected to be back with the team in 2022.
Drake suffered a broken ankle while at Alabama, but he's stayed relatively healthy in his NFL career. That said, Drake wasn't pleased with falling victim to another injury to his legs due to the nature of the tackle he took.
As for Marlon Humphrey, he sustained his injury in an effort to stop Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson from scoring the go-ahead touchdown.
Humphrey was having yet another fantastic season, having solidified himself as one of the NFL's premier cornerbacks. Humphrey allowed just 53% of passes to his targets to be completed. The 15.1 yards per catch and five touchdowns surrendered were the worst of his four-year career, but still more than enough to keep him among the NFL's elite corners.
Baltimore locked up Humphrey with a five-year, $95-million contract in 2020, so the franchise will look forward to his return in 2022.