The Rams will enter the 2021 season without their leader from a year ago.
NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday morning that Cam Akers, a second-year running back from Florida state, had torn his Achilles tendon, an injury that could cause him to miss the entire time. 2021 campaign.
#Arms RB Cam Akers suffered an Achilles tendon tear during training, according to the source.
Brutal blow for LA, which loses its first rusher of last season a week before the start of the camp.
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 20, 2021
Akers, who was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, rushed for 625 rushing yards on 145 carries with two touchdowns, and added 123 receiving yards on 11 catches, including one touchdown, over the course of his rookie season.
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Achilles injuries are among the most damaging to an NFL player. According to a 2017 study by Dr Selene Parekh and Dr Jay Shah, recovery from a ruptured Achilles takes about nine months. The study also looked at production upon return from injury and found that running backs were most affected by the injury with a 78 percent decrease in power ratings and an approximate value three years after the injury.
With Akers out for the 2021 campaign, the Rams will look to Darrell Henderson, their second running back in the backfield tandem for a year. Henderson was just behind Akers in rushing yards with 624 on 138 carries, and he was tied for the team lead with five rushing touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for 159 yards, including a touchdown.
Henderson, a third-year running back after being drafted in the third round in 2019, ran out of time during the offseason training schedules with an undisclosed injury but is expected to be back for the start of camp training.