LA Rams hoping for huge offensive boost of healthy RB Cam Akers’ return

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Akers could return for post-season

If this LA Rams team can get to the NFL Playoffs, the whispered rumor that has lingered all season is that Cam Akers could be returning to the team. That’s quite a feat, isn’t it? Well, it’s certainly a rather aggressive timetable for a running back trying to return from an Achilles Tendon injury.

So who is spreading that rumor? Head coach Sean McVay, for starters.


Initially, that optimism was taken with a grain of salt. Achilles Tendon injuries can decimate NFL careers, particularly those of running back. Many consider a minimum of a full 12 months before a football player can realistically consider training once more to play football.  But this back story won’t die. In truth, it is picking up steam as the season progresses.

It is The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue who has remained atop this story all season, in a phone call with LA Rams head coach Sean McVay to The Athletic in October 2021, (subscription required), McVay claimed:

"“…The expectation is that Cam would be available to play (in post-season)“. – per LA Rams HC Sean McVay as per The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue"

So the chance exists that Akers will be back. After all, the early optimism could have been allowed to just fade away. That hasn’t happened because, with each opportunity to comment on the matter, McVay continues to double down on the assertion that Akers is on track to be back with the team in time for the post-season. But how likely is that really?