Head coach Sean McVay said Monday that he's "definitely not" ruling Akers (Achilles) out from playing if the Rams should qualify for the playoffs, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. "You don't want to be presumptuous at all. We've got to handle our business but if you said we give ourselves an opportunity to play after the season, would there be a possible Cam sighting playing for the Rams? That's not something I would rule out," McVay said.
Analysis: When Akers suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in late July and subsequently underwent surgery, the prevailing assumption was that he would miss the entirety of the 2021 regular season and postseason. While a return during the playoffs still looks like far from a lock, Akers looks like he'll at least have an outside shot at making in back in mid-to-late January, given how well his rehab process has gone thus far. Akers has been sharing updates on his rehab through his personal Instagram account, with the running back most recently posting a video last week of himself going through ladder drills. According to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, McVay added that Akers is currently running at 80 percent of his body weight at around 10 miles per hour "pretty effortlessly."
Oct 26, 2021 9:12 AM EST
The Rams officially placed Akers (Achilles) on the reserve/non-football injury list, Stu Jackson of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Akers suffered a torn Achilles in July while readying himself for training camp, kicking it off on the active/non-football injury list. Now with the preseason and roster cuts behind them, the Rams made the procedural move and put him on the reserve version of the list. In Akers' absence, the team is poised to ride Darrell Henderson (thumb) and Sony Michael out of the backfield.
Aug 31, 2021 8:01 PM EST
The Rams officially placed Akers (Achilles) on injured reserve Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: After Akers tore his Achilles while working out in advance of training camp in July, there was hope from the Rams that he'd be able to return at some point this season, but in the end the expected outcome has come to pass for the second-year running back. He'll thus miss the season while a combination of Darrell Henderson (thumb) and Sony Michel lead L.A.'s backfield.
Aug 31, 2021 1:35 PM EST
The Rams placed Akers (Achilles) on the active/non-football injury list Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Akers is a little more than a week removed from suffering a confirmed torn Achilles, which typically would give a player no shot to return this season due to it occurring so close to Week 1. But the Rams have yet to rule him out for the 2021 campaign, per Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News, as the team looks more into the injury. Now, the first transaction related to Akers' health doesn't remove him from the 90-man roster. There's no telling if he'll buck medical science and somehow return by the end of the year, but for the time being L.A. will rely on a backfield composed of Darrell Henderson (undisclosed), Xavier Jones, Jake Funk, Raymond Calais and Otis Anderson.
Jul 28, 2021 4:06 PM EST
The Rams haven't officially ruled Akers out for the season, but tests confirm he suffered a torn Achilles, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Analysis: The injury typically requires surgery and then a recovery/rehab timeline of at least eight months, but Akers will gather more information before making anything official. Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network both report the 2020 second-round pick is expected to miss the entire 2021 season, leaving Darrell Henderson as the presumed leader of a thin backfield. Henderson was effective as the lead runner in a committee during the first half of last season, before injuries and Akers' strong play led to a diminished role down the stretch. Henderson might even get a look in a three-down role this year, considering the backfield alternatives on the Rams' roster are Xavier Jones, Jake Funk, Raymond Calais and Otis Anderson. The team lost Malcolm Brown to Miami in free agency and didn't sign a veteran replacement.
Jul 20, 2021 9:05 AM EST
Akers suffered a torn Achilles while training recently, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Following a strong finish to his rookie campaign, the 2020 second-round pick appeared ready for a starring role in the Los Angeles backfield. Instead, he'll begin a lengthy rehab process, hoping to return to practice next spring/summer. With Akers out for the season, the Rams are left with Darrell Henderson, Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais, Otis Anderson and Jake Funk in the backfield. They'll likely add a running back (or two) via free agency or trade in the coming days.
Jul 20, 2021 7:36 AM EST
Akers said he understands the playbook and blocking schemes better heading into his second season, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Being more comfortable heading into Year 2 only strengthens the case for Akers. He's projected to be the primary ball carrier for Los Angeles and finished the 2020 season with 645 rushing yards, 147 receiving yards and four touchdowns through the final seven games of the campaign, including the postseason. The upgrade of having Matthew Stafford under center should also help the entire offense. However, Akers' numbers could even take a slight hit from the noted seven-game stretch, and he'd still be a solid fantasy contributor. Of course, there's also the possibility that's just his floor.
Jul 10, 2021 5:38 AM EST
Akers rushed the ball 18 times for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' divisional-round loss to the Packers. He added one reception for six yards.
Analysis: Akers' longest rush of the day went for 13 yards, though he managed to gain five or more yards on nine of his carries. He also converted the Rams' second touchdown of the contest, scoring from seven yards away on a direct snap. Though it took much of his rookie campaign, Akers established himself as the Rams' lead back by commanding at least 15 carries in each of his final six games -- dating back to the regular season. His role should only become more secure in 2021, as Malcolm Brown is set to hit free agency.
Jan 16, 2021 6:26 PM EST
Akers carried 28 times for 131 yards and a touchdown while catching both his targets for 45 additional yards during Saturday's 30-20 win over the Seahawks.
Analysis: With John Wolford (neck) leaving early and Jared Goff (thumb) battling through an injury of his own, Akers carried the offense as he piled up the second-most scrimmage yards in a single game in his young career. He averaged a healthy 4.7 yards per carry against an improved defensive front and made a splash with a team-long 44-yard reception as well. This was especially promising considering it was Akers' first playoff game and he will undoubtedly handle another large workload in the NFC divisional round. With that said, he will face a challenge regardless of who emerges from the Washington-Buccaneers matchup.
Jan 9, 2021 6:03 PM EST
Akers (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: In Weeks 13-15, Akers established himself as the Rams' lead back, averaging 23 touches per game. He emerged from that last outing with a high-ankle sprain and sat out Week 16 as a result, but upon his return this past Sunday against the Cardinals, he ripped off 86 yards from scrimmage on 25 touches. Now that he's bumped up from limited Tuesday to uncapped Wednesday, Akers is poised to pace L.A.'s backfield yet again for Saturday's wild-card game at Seattle.
Jan 6, 2021 5:09 PM EST
Akers (ankle) was listed as a limited participant on Tuesday's practice estimate, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Akers returned in Week 17 from a high-ankle sprain after missing just one game. There was no indication that Akers was on a pitch count, as the rookie second-rounder logged 25 touches in the 18-7 win over the Cardinals, although his effectiveness was suspect with just 1.6 yards per carry. As long as Akers doesn't downgrade to non-participation for either of the next two sessions, he should be in the lineup for Saturday's wild-card showdown against the Seahawks.
Jan 5, 2021 4:30 PM EST
Akers totaled 34 yards on 21 carries while corralling all four of his targets for 52 receiving yards during Sunday's 18-7 win against Arizona.
Analysis: The second-round rookie had to battle through an ankle injury to suit up against the Cardinals, proving capable of overcoming a questionable tag despite logging just one limited session during the practice week. Though he posted his worst yards-per-carry average of the season, Akers was still provided with 20-plus rush attempts for the third time over his past four outings. As Darrell Henderson (ankle) remains on IR for at least the first two rounds of the playoffs, Akers stands as Los Angeles' clear No. 1 back heading into a wild-card matchup against the Seahawks.
Jan 3, 2021 5:35 PM EST
Akers (ankle) is active for Sunday's contest against the Cardinals, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Just two weeks removed from suffering a high-ankle sprain, Akers will be available as the Rams vie for slotting in the NFC playoff picture. With Darrell Henderson (ankle) on IR, the Rams may have been swayed by Akers practicing in a limited capacity Friday and not suffering an aggravation in the aftermath of the session. There's a chance Akers merely is available in case of an emergency, but if he plays a role he also could play second fiddle to a healthier Malcolm Brown out of L.A.'s backfield.
Jan 3, 2021 12:09 PM EST
Akers (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, is likely to try and play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: After sitting out the Rams' Week 16 loss to the Seahawks with a high-ankle sprain, Akers sat out the team's first two Week 17 practices before he turned in a limited workout Friday. That was enough for Akers to garner the questionable tag heading into the weekend, and the rookie now appears to be gaining confidence that he'll be able to contribute in some capacity in the regular-season finale. Prior to getting hurt, Akers had been serving as the Rams' lead back, but he may only be in store for a limited role if active Week 17 since he'll be playing at less than 100 percent health. With Darrell Henderson (ankle) moving to injured reserve this week, Malcolm Brown now appears to be the top candidate to head the Los Angeles backfield Week 17.
Jan 3, 2021 5:51 AM EST
Akers (ankle) returned to practice Friday as a limited participant and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Akers suffered a high-ankle sprain Week 15 and didn't practice or play Week 16. He didn't seem likely to return for the regular-season finale, but the Rams are giving him a shot to suit up, apparently encouraged by what they saw Thursday during a workout and then Friday in a limited practice session. Fellow running back Darrell Henderson (ankle) is on injured reserve, so Malcolm Brown could be looking at a three-down role if Akers doesn't end up playing. The Rams are scheduled for a 4:25 ET kickoff, needing a win or a Bears loss to reach the playoffs. QB Jared Goff (thumb) and WR Cooper Kupp (reserve/COVID-19) both will miss the game, and LT Andrew Whitworth (knee) isn't expected to return from IR until the playoffs.
Jan 1, 2021 3:03 PM EST
Coach Sean McVay said Akers (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, but the Rams haven't ruled him out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals after he fit in a workout, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Akers hasn't been seen in the portion of practices open to the media this week, but he appears to be making some progress through the high-ankle sprain that sidelined him Week 16. McVay likely wants Akers to get back on the field in some capacity Friday, at which point the Rams could make a determination on his status for the regular-season finale. If he's unable to suit up this weekend, L.A. will roll with Malcolm Brown as its lead back with Darrell Henderson on injured reserve due to his own high-ankle sprain.
Dec 31, 2020 4:17 PM EST
Akers (ankle) was estimated as a non-participant on Wednesday's injury report, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Analysis: Coach Sean McVay relayed to Sarina Morales of the Rams' official site that Akers was "making great progress" with his high-ankle sprain, but he may have just meant the running back is doing well with the rehab process. Akers does have two more opportunities to get on the practice field this week, as does fellow running back Malcolm Brown, who was limited on Wednesday's estimate. With Darrell Henderson on IR with a high-ankle sprain, the Rams seem to be leaning toward Brown as their starting running back Sunday against the Cardinals, even if Akers is able to gain clearance to play.
Dec 30, 2020 4:37 PM EST
Coach Sean McVay said Akers is "making great progress" through his high-ankle sprain, but the running back remains uncertain for Sunday's contest against the Cardinals, Sarina Morales of the Rams' official site reports.
Analysis: After Akers sustained his ankle injury Week 15 against the Jets, Darrell Henderson took on lead back duties this past Sunday versus the Seahawks and suffered the same exact injury. Henderson's is more severe as the Rams already placed him on IR, but Akers seems to have a chance to play in a key Week 17 contest. Akers' ability to practice in some capacity Wednesday would be a positive first step toward that end.
Dec 30, 2020 3:12 PM EST
Akers (ankle) could potentially be available for the Rams' regular-season finale against the Cardinals, J.B. Long of the Los Angeles Rams Radio Network reports.
Analysis: Akers missed Week 16 after suffering a high-ankle sprain, but could be rushed back ahead of schedule due to several other key injuries and a playoff spot on the line. Jared Goff (thumb) and Darrell Henderson (ankle) have already been ruled out for the contest. John Wolford will get the start under center and Malcolm Brown will be the primary back available if Akers is unable to get the green light. His situation will need to be monitored as the week progresses.
Dec 28, 2020 5:48 PM EST
Akers suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Jets and will be sidelined for the Rams' Week 16 matchup against the Seahawks as a result, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Akers followed up his career-game against the Patriots by leading the Rams in rushing again Sunday, but he also came out of the contest with an ankle injury. He is expected to be sidelined at least one game, but he could potentially miss more. Should Los Angeles ultimately secure a playoff spot this week, the decision for Week 17 would presumably become easier. Some combination of Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson figure to replace him in the backfield in Seattle.
Dec 21, 2020 5:35 PM EST
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