The NFL has been following the remarkable recovery of Cam Akers of the Los Angeles Rams. The second-year running back has yet to make his season debut, dealing with a torn Achilles. However, he has made incredible progress in his recovery and could play sooner than later.

On Monday, Sean McVay sounded optimistic, saying that there is a possibility that Akers could suit up for Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Akers was a full participant in the Ravens' Thursday walk-through, but it doesn't mean he is ready to hit the game-day field just yet. McVay revealed that Akers will most likely sit out for the Ravens vs Rams on Sunday and be available for Week 18. This is according to Rams writer Stu Jackson, who tweeted the news Friday afternoon.

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McVay also noted that next week is a “more realistic goal,” and it has been the target return date since his recovery began.

The Rams are looking to make their playoff run as the top seed in the NFC West. While Akers' absence has been a huge loss for the Rams' run game, other running backs stepped it up this season. Both Sony Michel and Darrell Henderson have been outstanding for LA this season.

Unfortunately, Henderson suffered an MCL injury that will put him out of commission for at least three weeks. That being said, Week 17 or 18 would be an ideal time for Akers to return and get some reps ahead of the playoffs.