The Los Angeles Rams have announced that running back Cam Akers is out for the upcoming season after suffering an Achilles tendon tear during practice.
Losing Akers to a late-season injury is a blow to the Rams. After a strong rookie season, the Rams had high hopes and expectations for Akers entering his second season in the NFL.
The Rams currently have veteran RB Darrell Henderson on the roster, who was expected to back Akers. Le’Veon Bell and Adrian Peterson are among the free agents who have yet to sign with a team. The Rams could sue Bell or Peterson to replace Akers.
After acquiring quarterback Matthew Stafford in an offseason trade for Jared Goff, the Rams saw their Super Bowl 56 rating drop from +1600 to +1100. Following the news of Akers’ injury, the Rams currently have +1300 chances of winning the Super Bowl according to a new update from DraftKings.
The Rams selected Akers in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of the state of Florida. After a slow start to his rookie season, which included a rib injury, Akers ended the regular season on a high note as the Rams main running back. He rushed for a career-high 171 yards against the New England Patriots in a Thursday night football game in mid-December.
Akers ran 145 times for 625 yards as a rookie in the field with Henderson and Malcolm Brown. He averages an impressive 4.3 yards per carry. He’s only scored three touchdowns in the regular season. However, in two playoff games, Akers rushed for two touchdowns.
In the NFC Wild Card, Akers ran for 131 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Seattle Seahawks. He also added 45 receiving yards for a total of 176 scrimmage yards. In the NFC divisional round, Akers rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in a losing effort.