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NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Rams RB Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles' tendon while training. That should obviously mean the end of his season, less than 2 months ahead of the opener. It clears a path for Darrell Henderson to lead a backfield that let Malcolm Brown walk in free agency. Behind Henderson on the current depth chart sit Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais and rookies Jake Funk and Otis Anderson. We'd bet on L.A. adding to that group via a trade or the pool of cut players as teams whittle their rosters this summer. Regardless of upcoming moves, Henderson should be in for a large workload and could remain a nice temporary value in best-ball drafts as fantasy football players digest the news and reset his ADP.

Rams HC Sean McVay believes RB Cam Akers is capable of taking on more in the passing game this season. “He’s obviously a great runner, but he’s got ability as a pass-catcher coming from the backfield, and we can displace him and put him in the slot or the outside receiver location,” McVay said. “There’s not any limitations, but we’ll see how it comes to life.” This jibes with beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue saying last month that Akers is in for a bigger pass-catching role this season. His ultimate upside is what RB Todd Gurley did in McVay's first 2 seasons with the Rams: average 18.4 carries and 5.8 targets per game. A workload in that vicinity would likely make Akers a top-5 fantasy back.

Rams insider Jourdan Rodrigue expects more passing-game work for RB Cam Akers this season. He totaled just 14 targets as a rookie last year, losing a bunch of passing-down snaps to RB Malcolm Brown. But Brown is gone now, and Rodrigue believes QB Matt Stafford's ability to diagnose blitzes and maneuver in the pocket will make pass protection less of a priority for Rams backs this season. Akers caught 69 balls across 3 college seasons and certainly seems capable of making an impact in that department in 2021 and beyond.

Rams HC Sean McVay called Cam Akers a "3-down back" and a "very special player" on Thursday. The Rams already proved willing to give Akers a big workload on the ground last year, handing it to him 18+ times in 5 of their last 6 games. He totaled just 14 targets over that span, but it sounds like he's in for an increased role in the passing game. Akers looks like a RB1 heading into 2021 fantasy drafts.

Buffalo
3:01pm EST 1/3/21

Rams RBs Cam Akers (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Cardinals. He got in just 1 limited practice this week after suffering a high-ankle sprain 14 days ago. Akers figures to be operating at far less than 100% today and is a risky fantasy play. His presence, though, also makes RB Malcolm Brown a shaky option.

Rams RB Cam Akers (ankle) remains a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Rams, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Akers probably isn't anywhere close to 100% after suffering a high-ankle sprain just 2 weeks ago, but he might push through it for this win-and-in game. The issue is that we won't find out whether he's active until 3 pm ET today. Akers will be a shaky fantasy play if active, but his presence would obviously put a major dent in RB Malcolm Brown's projection.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Akers is "likely to try to play."

Rams RBs Cam Akers (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Cardinals. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, but it sounds like he’ll be a game-time decision for this win-and-in game for the Rams. RB Darrell Henderson (ankle) is out, so it’ll be RB Malcolm Brown in a workhorse role if Akers can’t go.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (ankle) has been placed on IR. So he's out for Week 17 and would also miss the Rams' first 2 playoff games. RB Cam Akers seems unlikely to play vs. the Cardinals this weekend due to his high-ankle sprain, so it'll be RB Malcolm Brown in a workhorse role.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson is believed to have suffered a high-ankle sprain in yesterday's loss to the Seahawks and is considered unlikely to play vs. the Cardinals on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. RB Cam Akers suffered the same injury in Week 15 and isn't a good bet to be available this weekend. Look for RB Malcolm Brown to play something close to an every-down role vs. Arizona.

Rams RB Cam Akers has a high-ankle sprain, HC Sean McVay said Monday. The rookie was surprisingly able to play through it in the loss to the Jets but will miss at least Week 16 vs. the Seahawks, McVay said. We wouldn't bet on him playing in Week 17, either, considering the injury. Akers' absence figures to put RB Darrell Henderson back in the lead ball-carrying role, with RB Malcolm Brown also taking on an expanded role.

Buffalo
5:12pm EST 12/20/20

Rams RB Cam Akers suffered an ankle injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Jets and is officially questionable to return. Stay tuned for an update.

Update: Akers returned in the 2nd quarter.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (quad) isn’t listed on the final Week 10 injury report. He graduated from no practice, to a limited practice to a full workout from Wednesday to Friday. Henderson figures to resume lead ball-carrying duties vs. the Seahawks this weekend.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (quad) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Sean McVay said last week that Henderson would be ready to play coming off the bye, but he's obviously still not at 100%. We'll see what he's able to do the next 2 days. Henderson's absence vs. Seattle on Sunday would leave the Rams with RBs Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown.

Rams HC Sean McVay expects RB Darrell Henderson (thigh) to be available when the team comes out of its Week 9 bye. Henderson exited in the 1st half of the loss to Miami, finally allowing rookie RB Cam Akers to get some run. We'll see what this backfield looks like when it gets back to action vs. the Seahawks in Week 10.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson suffered a thigh injury in Sunday's game against the Dolphins and is questionable to return. Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers have been splitting backfield duties in Henderson's absence.

Rams RB Cam Akers (ribs) practiced all week and will return for Sunday’s game against Washington. Your guess is as good as our’s for how carries will be split between Akers, Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown. All 3 guys are risky fantasy plays.

Rams RB Cam Akers (ribs) returned to practice on Wednesday and is expected to play against Washington this weekend, according to ESPN's Lindsey Thiry. That throws another variable into a backfield that's been tough to figure out so far. Akers, Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown will all be risk/reward RB3 or flex plays in Week 5.

Rams RB Cam Akers (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants after missing practice all week. The red-hot Darrell Henderson figures to serve as Los Angeles' lead back in that one, with Malcolm Brown as the #2 back.

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