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Los Angeles Rams lose starting RB to torn Achilles

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Los Angeles Rams lose starting RB to torn Achilles


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The Los Angeles Rams’ offensive outlook took a major hit just days before training camp.

Running back Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles, the team confirmed Tuesday, and is expected to miss the entire 2021 season.

“I just want to thank any and every person sending prayers my way and wishing me well,” Akers wrote on Twitter. “I hate this happened but I’m in great spirits and I understand God makes no mistakes. I’ll be back better than ever in no time I’m a soldier. Again, thank you”

Despite serving as part of a three-man rotation with Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown, Akers led the Rams with 625 rushing yards in his rookie campaign as a second-round pick out of Florida State.

In 2021, however, he was expected to seize the lead role in the backfield and take on an expanded workload in the passing game.

“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,” Rams coach Sean McVay said during a February news conference. “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.”

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Henderson now is poised to take over as the Rams’ starting running back. Brown signed with the Miami Dolphins in the offseason.

McVay said on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles that signing a veteran is not “something we’ll rule out, but it’s not something we’re looking at right now.”

Rams veterans are scheduled to report to training camp on July 27.

Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.


https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/rams/2021/07/20/cam-akers-injury-los-angeles-rams-running-back-torn-achilles/8025400002/

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