Jun 8, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) participates in drills during mini camp held at the practice facility at Cal State Lutheran. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams activate RB Cam Akers for first time this season

The Los Angeles Rams activated running back Cam Akers to the active roster for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

Akers, 22, was believed to have been lost for the season when he came away with an Achilles tendon tear during summer workouts in advance of training camp. He is expected to see limited action Sunday with running back Sony Michel getting the bulk of the carries.

The Rams (12-4) can wrap up their third NFC West title in the past five seasons with a victory over the 49ers. San Francisco (9-7), which is still fighting to become playoff eligible, enters with a five-game winning streak over Los Angeles.

Akers gained 625 yards rushing on 145 carries with two touchdowns over 13 games (five starts) for the Rams last season as a rookie out of Florida State. He added 11 receptions for 123 yards and a score.

–Field Level Media

Jun 8, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) participates in drills during mini camp held at the practice facility at Cal State Lutheran. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams RB Cam Akers makes another jump in injury return

Rams running back Cam Akers was a full participant in practice and could be ready for an expanded role when Los Angeles wraps the regular season against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Akers was designated to return from the injured reserve list on Dec. 23, a transaction that came as a complete shock to some.

Akers was believed to be lost for the season when he tore his Achilles tendon in July, just before training camp opened. The injury left Darrell Henderson as Los Angeles’ main running back, with the Rams then acquiring Sony Michel from the New England Patriots.

Akers began practicing mostly on his own and did limited position work during the 21-day window.

“He sure looks good. He looks like he could carry — play a lot of plays, but I do think you want to be smart with an incremental approach,” Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters. “Is that 10 snaps? Is that 20? Is that 25? I think that’s something that as the week progresses, we’ll have a better feel for, but definitely want to get him involved.”

The Rams clinched a playoff berth and can clinch the NFC West by beating the 49ers, or if the Arizona Cardinals lose to the Seattle Seahawks.

As a rookie out of Florida State last season, Akers showed his versatility with 625 rushing yards on 145 carries with two touchdowns, while he also had 11 receptions for 123 yards and another score.

–Field Level Media

Jun 8, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) participates in drills during mini camp held at the practice facility at Cal State Lutheran. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams designate RB Cam Akers to return from IR

Nearly through what could have been a devastating COVID-19 outbreak during a push toward the playoffs, the Los Angeles Rams could have even more help on the way after running back Cam Akers was designated to return from the injured reserve list.

Akers was believed to be lost for the season when he tore his Achilles tendon in July, just before training camp opened. The injury left Darrell Henderson as Los Angeles’ main running back, with the Rams then acquiring Sony Michel from the New England Patriots.

While he technically remains on IR, Akers now can return to practice, as his designation opens a 21-day window to be activated to the 53-man roster.

The Rams are 10-4 this season and can clinch a playoff berth with a victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. While the defense and the passing game under new quarterback Matthew Stafford have led the way, the rushing attack is just 24th in the NFL heading into Week 16 at 99.1 yards per game.

As a rookie out of Florida State last season, Akers showed his versatility with 625 rushing yards on 145 carries with two touchdowns, while he also had 11 receptions for 123 yards and another score.

After Sunday’s game at Minnesota, the Rams play at Baltimore on Jan. 2 and close out the regular season at home Jan. 9 against the rival San Francisco 49ers.

–Field Level Media

Jun 8, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) participates in drills during mini camp held at the practice facility at Cal State Lutheran. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams RB Cam Akers out for season with torn Achilles

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers is out for the entire 2021 season with a torn Achilles.

According to multiple reports, Akers was injured Monday while training for the upcoming season.

The Rams’ leading rusher in 2020, Akers is likely to be replaced by Darrell Henderson in the starting backfield for Los Angeles.

Veteran help, via free agency or a trade, could be part of the expanded picture for the Rams.

Among veterans still looking for work are Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy. Former Rams running back Todd Gurley reportedly agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens this week.

A second-round pick out of Florida State, Akers had 625 rushing yards on 145 attempts and two touchdowns as a rookie.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson (27) reacts as he lays on the field injured against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams RB Henderson has high-ankle sprain

Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. reportedly sustained a high-ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

NFL Network reported the injury and noted that Henderson will undergo additional tests on Monday. Should the diagnosis be confirmed, Henderson likely will have to sit out Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Cam Akers is sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury — one that prevented him from playing in Los Angeles’ 20-9 setback on Sunday. He sustained that injury in a 23-20 loss to the New York Jets on Dec. 20.

Henderson, 23, leads the team in carries (138) and rushing yards (624). He shares the team lead in touchdowns (five) with Malcolm Brown.

Henderson has rushed for 771 yards and five touchdowns and has 20 receptions for 196 yards and a score in 28 career games with the Rams. He was selected by the Rams in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Los Angeles (9-6) can punch its ticket to the playoffs with a victory over the Cardinals (8-7) or a loss by the Chicago Bears (8-7) to the Green Bay Packers.

The Rams also are waiting for more information about the status of quarterback Jared Goff for the regular-season finale. He reportedly sustained a broken and dislocated thumb in Sunday’s game in Seattle.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) carries the ball in the first quarter against the New York Jets at SoFi Stadium. The Jets defeated the Rams 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams rookie RB Akers (ankle) out vs. Seahawks

Los Angeles Rams rookie running back Cam Akers will not play in his team’s pivotal road game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters that a high-ankle sprain will sideline Akers, who sustained the injury in Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the New York Jets.

“He is a war daddy,” McVay said Monday. “But he is going to be out for at least the next week or so.”

Akers, 21, initially was injured in the second quarter versus the Jets. He returned to the game and finished with 15 carries for 63 yards.

Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown will see an uptick in workload in the absence of Akers, who more than doubled his previous career high with 171 rushing yards in Los Angeles’ 24-3 win over New England on Dec. 10.

Akers leads the team in rushing yards (591). Henderson has rushed for 562 yards and is tied with Brown with five rushing touchdowns.

The Rams (9-5) will battle the Seahawks (10-4) for ownership of first place in the NFC West on Sunday. Los Angeles owns the tiebreaker by virtue of its 23-16 victory over Seattle on Nov. 15.

–Field Level Media