Cam Akers injury update: Will Rams running back play vs. Bills? – Sporting News

  • September 13, 2022

As the Rams prepare to kick off their 2022 season against the Bills on Thursday, there’s no doubt that expectations are high for Cam Akers.
The third-year running back was impressive in limited action in 2020, rushing 145 times for 625 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games (five starts) as a rookie after being drafted in the second round out of Florida State.
But Akers missed most of the 2021 campaign because of a torn Achilles, and though he made a miraculous comeback late in the season and during the team’s Super Bowl run, he was still far from 100 percent.
Akers’ status throughout the 2022 offseason was largely questionable as he dealt with a number of minor injuries during training camp. Here’s the latest on his status.
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Akers missed time during the preseason with soft-tissue injuries. They weren’t major, but they limited his availability at practice.
Still, Akers is expected to be “good to go” for the season opener, ESPN’s Sarah Barshop reports.
Sean McVay also said RBs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson are “good to go.” Both practiced today after missing time during camp with soft tissue injuries.
The Rams had Akers miss a few practices during the offseason as they looked to keep him healthy and avoid risking further injury. With Akers set to play on Thursday, it appears the efforts have paid off.
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This offseason has been just Akers’ second full preseason in his career. He tore his Achilles in July 2021 and was expected to be set back for the entire campaign. According to a 2017 study, NFL players took, on average, nine months to recover from a torn Achilles.
Akers underwent surgery by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, with the hope of a quick recovery. Within a month, he had his walking boot removed. He returned to play in Week 18 against the 49ers, just 5 1/2 months after his injury.
Akers rushed for 3 yards on five carries in that contest. During the playoffs, he carried 67 times for 172 yards and caught eight passes for 76 yards.
Akers is expected to lead the running back room this season alongside Darrell Henderson Jr.
He and Henderson are both listed as the first-team running back on the Rams’ unofficial depth chart. Kyren Williams is the backup and Jake Funk is the third-stringer.
Henderson is in his third season with the Rams. He has posted back-to-back seasons of at least 600 rushing yards and 150 receiving yards. Last season, he tallied 688 yards and five touchdowns on 149 carries and caught 29 passes for 176 yards and three scores.
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Williams was drafted in the fifth round by the Rams in 2022 after starting the previous two seasons for Notre Dame. With the Irish, he rushed 204 times for 1,002 yards with 14 touchdowns and caught 42 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns.
Funk was used only as a kick returner in 2021, with four returns for 88 yards (22.0 yards per return). In a five-year career at Maryland, he rushed for 968 yards on 135 carries and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 158 passes for 1,102 yards and 13 touchdowns.