Rams RB Cam Akers posts emotional message after rupturing Achilles
The Los Angeles Rams received some brutal news on Tuesday after running back Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles that will keep him out for the entirety of the 2021 season. It’s a huge blow to the Rams who had high expectations following a trade to bring in the experienced Matthew Stafford.
Akers meanwhile took to social media to speak out on the injury:
I just want to thank any and every person sending prayers my way and wishing me well. I hate this happened but I’m in great spirits and I understand God makes no mistakes. I’ll be back better than ever in no time I’m a soldier. Again, thank you 🙏🏾.
— Cam akers (@thereal_cam3) July 20, 2021
#Rams RB Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles while training, per source.
Brutal blow for L.A., which loses its leading rusher from last season a week before camp begins.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 20, 2021
The Rams will certainly hurt without their first-string back, who really came alive towards the end of his rookie season in 2020. The Florida State product rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown in LA’s Wild Card round win over the Seattle Seahawks before losing to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional playoffs. On the year, Akers rushed for 625 yards in 13 regular-season games.
Now, the Rams will look to fill the hole left by Akers. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team doesn’t currently have any plans to pursue a free-agent running back before Week 1. They will instead roll Darrell Henderson and Xavier Jones. The Rams also drafted Jake Funk in the seventh round in April and there’s a good chance he will see some touches.
Los Angeles will have to move forward quickly and figure out how to get it done on the ground without Cam Akers. But, it’s good to see he is staying positive as the road to recovery begins soon.