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Rams RB Kyren Williams (ankle) has been designated to return from IR. He went down with a high-ankle sprain in the opener that required surgery. He's now eligible to practice, but HC Sean McVay said that Williams won't play vs. the 49ers this weekend. That should keep RB Darrell Henderson in the lead role. We'll continue to monitor Williams' progress. He's worth stashing in deep fantasy leagues.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson ran for 1 of the team's 3 TDs in Sunday's win over the Panthers. That came as part of just a 12-43-1 rushing line though (3.6 yards pr carry) and 2-9 receiving on 3 targets. RB Malcolm Brown handled 7 carries (for 15 yards) and caught his lone target for 13 more. Cam Akers, of course, turned up inactive and might be headed for a new team. Henderson did control the playing time, getting 46 snaps vs. 16 for Brown and 3 for Ronnie Rivers. That included a 22-4-1 lead in pass routes run.

Rams RB Cam Akers won't be rejoining the team "if the situation continues as it has so far this season," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport writes. Akers has "philosophical and football-related differences" with HC Sean McVay, per Rapoport. Akers won't play against the Panthers today and is expected to draw significant trade interest. We'll see where this goes, but it sounds like we shouldn't expect Akers to be part of Los Angeles' backfield going forward. That leaves Darrell Henderson as the leader of what's been an abysmal running game so far. Malcolm Brown will be the #2 RB, with undrafted rookie Ronnie Rivers as the #3. Rapoport says Rivers "has impressed and should get carries." We'll see what the snap and touch split looks like vs. Carolina today.

Rams RB Cam Akers handled all 13 RB carries in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, gaining just 33 yards (2.5 per rush). He added 1 target that fell incomplete. RB Darrell Henderson worked well ahead of Akers a receiver, running 25 routes to Akers' 5. He caught 4 of 5 targets for 30 yards. Rams RBs have collectively scored 9.9 fewer PPR points than any other set of RBs in the league, and that includes the 2 teams that have yet to play in Week 5 as of this writing.

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Rams RB Malcolm Brown was promoted from the practice squad and is active for tonight's game vs. the 49ers. He spent 2017-2020 with the Rams under HC Sean McVay, so he has plenty of experience in the offense. We'll see exactly how much action Brown siphons from RBs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson tonight. We'd be trying to avoid this backfield.

Rams RB Cam Akers pulled nearly even with RB Darrell Henderson in playing time for Sunday's win over the Cardinals. He trailed Henderson by just 2 snaps while easily beating Henderson in carries, 12-4. Akers turned those into 61 yards, including a nice 14-yard TD run. Henderson collected a mere 17 yards on his 4 rushes, adding just 1 catch-less target despite running 10 more routes than Akers. After 2 straight games of Akers taking the carry and touch lead, it's time to play him 1st in this backfield.

Rams RB Cam Akers re-emerged as a backfield contributor in Sunday's win over the Falcons. Darrell Henderson still beat him in playing time, 35 snaps to 27. But that marked a big change from the 55-12 split of Week 1. Akers carried 15 times to Henderson's 10 and drew the only targets between them. It was still Henderson leading in routes, though: 19-8, according to Pro Football Focus. Akers wasn't especially efficient, averaging 2.9 yards on the ground. He did catch 2 of 3 targets for 18 yards, though. Henderson posted a 10-47-1 rushing line (4.7 per rush). We'd bet on the split looking more like Week 2 than Week 1 going forward but will continue to watch it develop.

Rams HC Sean McVay talked about RB Cam Akers on Friday, a day after Akers carried just 3 times in the opener. "There were some instances where there were some positive things and some things that he can do better, but we want to see just an increased level of urgency and accountability snap in and snap out from him," McVay said. “I know what Cam is capable of. We've all seen how talented and what a special player this guy's capable of being. And I want to see him reach his highest potential." It sure sounds like Akers has just been beaten out by RB Darrell Henderson for the starting job. That's probably not set in stone for the entire season, but Akers obviously belongs on fantasy benches for the time being.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson got the start and operated as the clear lead back in Thursday night's opener vs. the Bills. He ended up out-snapping RB Cam Akers 55 to 12. It didn't result in big fantasy production (13 carries for 47 yards, 5 catches for 26 yards). But if this level of usage continues for Henderson, he'll be at least a RB2 in fantasy lineups. Akers finished the game with 3 carries for 0 yards and was not targeted. At this point, he looks like just a handcuff to Henderson.

Rams RBs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson are "good to go," HC Sean McVay said Friday. Both backs missed time in August with soft-tissue injuries but got back on the practice field earlier this week. They're both on track to play in Thursday night's season opener vs. the Bills. Then we'll start to get an idea of what the backfield split will look like.

Rams HC Sean McVay labeled RBs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson "full participants" in Monday's practice. “They look good," McVay added. Akers and Henderson had been sidelined since mid-August with "soft-tissue" injuries but now appear on track to be ready for the season opener vs. the Bills.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Sunday that RB Darrell Henderson put in a full-speed workout but that RB Cam Akers "wasn't able to do that quite yet," according to ESPN's Sarah Barshop. We're now less than 2 weeks from the regular-season opener for the Rams, so it's time to get at least a little concerned about Akers. Henderson would be a potentially nice Week 1 option if Akers isn't ready.

Rams RB Kyren Williams (foot) was cleared to play in Saturday's preseason finale, but HC Sean McVay opted to hold him out. Asked about that decision afterward, McVay said it's because Williams is an "integral part of the plan this season," according to The Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein. The 5th-round rookie's most likely contributions figure to come in the passing game. He'd still likely need Cam Akers or Darrell Henderson to miss time to be a fantasy factor -- but both of those guys have had trouble staying healthy and are currently sidelined with injuries. Williams is only worth considering in deep fantasy drafts, but keep him on your waiver-wire watchlist.

Rams RB Cam Akers' soft-tissue injury is not considered serious, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "Rams taking preventative measures by holding him out of preseason practices but that’s the extent of it," Fowler adds. He makes no mention of the severity of RB Darrell Henderson's injury. We'll see when the Rams backs are able to return to practice.

Rams RBs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson are dealing with “soft tissue” injuries, per HC Sean McVay. Neither guy will practice until they can be “full speed” in team drills, per reporter Sarah Barshop. No timeline was given by McVay. We’ll track this situation, but it’s at least a bit worrisome considering the injury histories on both guys. We’ll let you know when they’re back in action.

Rams HC Sean McVay spoke about QB Matthew Stafford's right elbow issue on Thursday. McVay called it "a tricky deal," "abnormal for a QB” and "things that MLB pitchers deal with," per The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue. McVay added that the team explored different treatment options to alleviate the pain this offseason and that the team wasn't caught off guard by the situation when camp opened. “Could he (push through)? Yes. Is that the best thing? We didn’t think so," McVay said. Here's Rodrigue's take after listening to McVay: "While arm pain is never NOT a concern my sense is after some treatment early spring they decided to go with this onload/deload plan which has been on schedule per McVay." Until we hear that the pain in Stafford's elbow is gone -- or at least know exactly what he's dealing with -- he'll carry some elevated risk in fantasy drafts. His situation, of course, also impacts Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson and the rest of the Rams' skill-position guys.

Rams HC Sean McVay talked up RBs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson over the weekend. “I look at it as we’ve got two starting backs,” McVay said. “Those guys are great complements (to) one another, but I see them as both starting-caliber players. We need to get them involved. They need to be on the field. I think it’s healthy for them to be able to supplement one another.” This, of course, doesn't tell us anything about the Rams' specific plans for splitting the backfield work between Akers and Henderson. But The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue says Akers and Henderson have been "splitting first-team snaps pretty evenly so far" in training camp. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation through the rest of camp and preseason action. Akers is 7 rounds ahead of Henderson in recent ADP.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson is currently sidelined with what HC Sean McVay called a "soft-tissue injury." We don't have any details on the ailment or severity. We're not adjusting Henderson's projections for now but will keep an eye on him when training camp opens next month. Henderson has missed 7 games through 3 NFL seasons with ankle, rib, thigh and knee injuries.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (knee) is active for the Super Bowl. It'll be his first action since Week 16. We're expecting Henderson to be 3rd in line for touches behind Cam Akers and Sony Michel.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (knee) has been activated from IR. That puts him on track to play in Sunday's Super Bowl. Henderson has been out since Week 16, so we're not expecting him to play a major role vs. the Bengals. But HC Sean McVay mentioned a "3-back rotation, based on how the game unfolds" when asked about the backfield on Wednesday.

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