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Cam Akers’ status for Week 5’s tilt vs. Washington revealed

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Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers looks on track to return to the backfield.

Rams head coach Sean McVay provided a positive update on Akers ahead of L.A.’s Week 5 matchup against the Washington Football Team.

“Akers is looking good,” Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters on Thursday. “Unless he has a setback, he’ll be ready to play this week.”

Akers started the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, though Malcolm Brown ended up receiving more touches in the game. Akers then fractured rib cartilage in the team’s Week 2 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He had three carries for 13 yards against Philly before leaving the game. He posted 39 yards on his 14 carries in Week 1 — his first taste of NFL action.

The Rams selected the former Florida State Seminoles star in the second round (no. 52 overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Los Angeles had planned to have a three-headed running back-by-committee approach in 2020, though Akers’ injury temporarily put a wrench in those plans.

Through four weeks, Darrell Henderson leads the team in rushing with 222 yards, while Brown has 183. Neither player has stood out as a clear-cut top tailback, meaning Akers should be right back in the mix when he returns on Sunday. However, it’s likely that Akers will be on some sort of carries restriction in Week 5, so maybe don’t throw him in the RB2 or Flex spot in your lineup just yet.

The Rams will look to move to 4-1 on the season with a favorable matchup against Washington (1-3). McVay’s group needs all the healthy bodies it can get as Los Angeles tries to keep pace with the red-hot Seattle Seahawks (4-0) in the ultra-competitive NFC West.