Los Angeles Rams' Cam Akers was ruled of the NFL 2021 season after he suffered a torn Achilles while training. The team's leading rusher from 2020 is expected to be back for the 2022 campaign, NFL Network Insider reported.
Akers' injury comes as a massive blow to the Rams, whose chances of making the playoffs dropped from 64.6% to 53.9%, as per CBS Sports.
Last year, Akers was a part of a three-man rotation with Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown. However, he single-handedly led the Rams with 625 rushing yards in his rookie campaign. A second-round pick out of Florida State, Akers was expected to lead the backfield this season.
After getting picked last season, Akers had 45 carries 625 rushing yards, 272 total yards and two TDs on 49 touches in two postseason games against his name.
"You could see he's always had a real and authentic confidence, but then as he's getting more and more comfortable for the different ways that we were able to utilize him, I think he can come alive in the pass game. I think he can continue to play at a high level. Really, I think he's an every-down back. I think he's a special player," Rams coach Sean McVay can be quoted from a February news conference. "
This news comes a week ahead of the Rams training camp scheduled to start on July 27. The likes of Darrell Henderson is expected to lead the backline in Akers' absence. Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais and rookies Jake Funk and Otis Anderson will be seen assisting Henderson. A reunion with Todd Gurley can help the Los Angeles Rams recover.
Rams veterans are scheduled to report to training camp on July 27. There is no official word from the Los Angeles Lakers and Cam Akers yet.