Los Angeles Rams lose starting RB to ripped Achilles
Posted On July 20, 2021
The Los Angeles Rams’ offensive outlook took a heavy blow just days before training camp.
Running back Cam Akers suffered an Achilles tendon tear during training and is set to miss the entire 2021 season, NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reported.
Although he served in a three-way rotation with Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown, Akers led the Rams with 625 rushing yards in his rookie campaign as a second-round pick in Florida State. .
In 2021, however, he had to take on the lead role in the backfield and take on an increased workload in the passing game.
“You can see he’s always had real, genuine trust, but as he becomes more and more comfortable with the different ways we’ve been able to use it, I think he can come to life. in the passing game, ”Rams coach Sean McVay said at a press conference in February. “I think he can continue to play at a high level. Really, I think he’s a fullback every time. I think he’s a special player.”
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Henderson is now set to take over as the Rams running back. Brown signed with the Miami Dolphins during the offseason.
If Los Angeles are looking for some extra help in the backfield after Akers injury, they could turn to a number of high-profile veteran free agents. Former Rams Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, Duke Johnson and Frank Gore are among the notable names that remain unsigned.
Rams veterans are scheduled to report to training camp on July 27.
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