Rams’ Cam Akers suffers torn Achilles

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Just before the start of training camp, the Rams have suddenly lost a high-profile player.

Rams running back Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. That is almost always a season-ending injury, so it’s highly unlikely we’ll see Akers on the field again before 2022.

As a 21-year-old rookie last season, Akers led the Rams with 145 carries for 625 yards. He was expected to be their primary ball carrier again this season.

Now the Rams will turn to Darrell Henderson, who split carries with Akers last season. Rookie seventh-round draft pick Jake Funk suddenly has a much better chance of making the roster and contributing right away.

The Rams also may try to sign one of the few free agent running backs available, picking from a list that’s mostly aging veterans like LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson, Le'Veon Bell and Frank Gore. Former Rams running back Todd Gurley also remains available.

48 responses to “Rams’ Cam Akers suffers torn Achilles

  1. These football players work too hard in the off season. Too much of anything is not good for you. They need to go back to that Jerry Rice, Walter Payton, Roger Craig, and Hershal Walker routine. A good distance run uphill, a thousand push-ups and enjoy the rest of the day. Let your body rest and recuperate.

  2. I know his best days are way behind him, but I’d love to see Frank Gore play one more year.

  3. Ugh. Hate seeing things like this happen at any time, but it’s always worse when it happens in the summer.

  4. Hate to see any player injured but to see a young guy who’s just getting started makes it even worse . Hoping for a full , speedy recovery .

  5. Sorry for the young man. He seemed to have a bright future.
    Ram fans needn’t worry because they have Stafford though, right?

  6. Sorry to see a fine young man get injured, especially a RB early in his career….but This is only the beginning for the individual contract heavy Rams and their braintrust arrogance in significantly over paying for Stafford. Rams are going to finish 6-11, and those draft picks , combined with Goff exceptional play will propel the Lions dynasty.

  7. That is awful. This year was going to be his big shot. And I really felt the Rams were the biggest competition for the Bucs in the NFC.

    But even as a Buc fan, I feel terrible for Cam.

  8. This will be the excuse used by Stafford fans if the Rams don’t live up to expectations. Matt has always gotten the benefit of the doubt his whole career…Even when he had Megatron, Reggie Bush and a good Defense.

  9. pliability! learn from the GOAT! Main problem is so many of these guys are carrying more muscle mass then their frames will support and their wound up like rubber bands, just waiting to snap.

  10. Gurley would be the most productive, I would think. But there might be bad blood there. Then it’s a coin toss between AP and Gore.

  11. There goes the Rams run game. That offense will be drastically different with a struggling run game, no ones afraid of Stafford taking either either. This is really going to hurt their play action game. For an offense as dependent on the run game as the Rams is this is a huge loss. Not good.

  12. I hate to see that. These guys work so hard for their shot and a year is wasted. It is especially tough for running backs who have very limited shelf lives. Hope he heals quickly and recovers.

  13. Fudge.

    I never want to see any NFL player hurt but I especially liked this kid on that team. Plus I’m rooting against SF this year (Dolphins fan) so I am not thrilled about that aspect either.

    Bummed for Akers though. I liked him coming and wanted to see more. See you next year Cam.

  14. Wish him a speedy recovery, but this doesn’t end the Rams chances for a special season.

    Cam ran for 600 yards and had 2 rushing TDs last season.

    Darrell Henderson time. Just as good, if not better than Cam.

  15. If there’s one replaceable position in football it’s RB. Plug in next guy up They will be fine

  16. Each year, we see more and more tendon and ligament injuries. While they can be made a little stronger and flexible with proper training and exercise, they are not like muscles.

    The muscles on these athletes are so big and strong that they can over -power the connective tissues…leading to strains and tears.

    Wishing Cam well. I hope they bring in Gore. He still has some left in the tank and he is a class act.

  17. So when does AP start to make the rounds again claiming he could still be a 2,000 yard per year guy…….

  18. So if he did this away from the facility should he be hoping he has AFLAC? I mean is he protected from having injuries at home? I worked in gov and the answer was no. Better have your won insurance in case you cant come to work.

  19. Now is the perfect time for the Cowboys to trade off Zeke and his contract for a 3rd or 4th round pick

  20. These football players work too hard in the off season. Too much of anything is not good for you. They need to go back to that Jerry Rice, Walter Payton, Roger Craig, and Hershal Walker routine. A good distance run uphill, a thousand push-ups and enjoy the rest of the day. Let your body rest and recuperate.

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    Lol ummmm what? These people you put in put in just as much if not more time than the players now. Hell Herschel probably still works out more than most of the players. The problem is to much, it’s to much of just football. The players you listed yes did football / position related drills, but they also played like basketball, baseball or fishing or other sports. To much targetted training is the problem. The ones that never get injured do all types of sports so all your tendons and muscles are worked.

    That being said sometimes you just get unlucky. Couple years ago there was a player that tore his achillies I believe just walking up the stairs at home. Sometimes stuff just happens. Jamaal Charles one year played on a high ankle sprain all year. He sprained his ankle moving out of training camp stepping off the curb to the street and just didn’t land quite right..stuff happens.

  21. Very bad news. Hate to see this happen to any player. Defenses can really tee off on Stafford now, with no worry about stopping the run. Ackers was the best RB by far.

  22. I went through all the comments and not one mention of Le’Veon Bell by anyone. Looks like another really good player run out of the league with a bad attitude who just isn’t a good locker room guy either.

  23. That list of available RBs looks like a who’s who of washed up ballers.

  24. I’m sad to see this. I really wanted to see Stafford have every opportunity to succeed in LA. Now he will have to do so with a weakened running game.

  25. “wintercoates87 says:
    July 20, 2021 at 11:15 am
    pliability! learn from the GOAT! Main problem is so many of these guys are carrying more muscle mass then their frames will support and their wound up like rubber bands, just waiting to snap.”

    ______________________________________________________

    Is there any possible football story where some member of the cult of personality won’t find a way to mention Tom Brady? For the love of God, grow up. If you were on fire in the street, Tom Brady wouldn’t stop to pee on you.

  26. Gurley is no longer with LA because after his injury he no longer had the speed that made him a star. Frank Gore is an intriguing option. But the Rams really need is someone very speedy who can make people miss and catch the ball. That’s why they’re looking in-house first. I think they’ll have to make a trade. The rookies mentioned were drafted to be groomed into becoming starting players. None of them are ready.

  27. Its amusing the multiple comments saying to “trade for so and so…” yet these are likely the same people who repeat over and over that rbs are interchangeable and dont draft 1 until late yet now they want someone to send away an earlier pick for a player likely with only a year left on their deal and little upside? Makes no sense.

  28. Id say trade for Kareem hunt, but they don’t have any draft picks till 2087

  29. This is why selling the farm to get Stafford CAN’T WORK.

    You can’t plan for stuff like this but if you maintain draft ammo, your team is deep and can survive these things.

    Les Snead should be fired. He has compromised the depth and therefore the success of this team.

    One injury to Woods or Kupp and it’s a complete wrap.

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