It’s been awhile since the Los Angeles Rams have suffered a devastating injury before the season. The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that Rams running back Cam Akers has torn his Achilles while training. This is a big blow for the Rams as Akers was looking to have a big season.
#Rams RB Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles while training, per source.
Brutal blow for L.A., which loses its leading rusher from last season a week before camp begins.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 20, 2021
As mentioned, Akers was looking to have a big season in 2021. After finishing the year strong with 100 yard games against the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, a jump was expected for Cam Akers. It’s fair to say that the second year running back might have been the player that Rams fans were most excited about.
The Rams drafted Akers in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He broke out against the New England Patriots with 171 yards which was fourth-most by a Rams rookie in a single game in franchise history. Akers also rushed for 100 yards against the Seahawks to lead the Rams to a win in the playoffs. He had an impressive 90 yards against the Green Bay Packers the following week.
Despite only heading into year two, Cam Akers has dealt with his share of injuries. Last season Akers missed the early part of the year with a rib cartilage injury which sidelined him for two games and forced him to miss four of five. He also sprained his ankle late in the year which forced him to miss the Week 15 matchup with the Seahawks. This is now a third injury for Akers which is somewhat concerning.
The Rams will head into the season with Darrell Henderson as their starting running back.