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Rams WR Cooper Kupp (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He's seemingly on track to play vs. the Bucs this weekend, but we'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Rams RB Cam Akers is expected to return to practice on Thursday, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "It’s not out of the question Akers could play Sunday vs. the Bucs," Pelissero adds. We'll continue to keep an eye on this situation, but Akers won't be a recommended Week 9 fantasy play if he suits up. You're best off just avoiding the Rams backfield altogether.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Sean McVay said earlier this week that he expects Kupp to play vs. the Bucs this weekend, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on his status over the next few days.

Rams HC Sean McVay said he had a "really good conversation" with RB Cam Akers on Wednesday. Akers is reportedly open to remaining with the team. “After we had that conversation, got a couple of different things that are some options that we can potentially do moving forward, and we’ll have clarity on that as far as getting him back (and) working with this group or if that means exploring other avenues,” McVay said. “Want to be able to explore that first one first (and) let him be able to digest some of the things that we discussed, work through that with his family … and then we’ll see what the next step is.” Akers did not practice on Wednesday, and it remains unclear if he'll play against the Bucs this weekend -- or even remain with the Rams going forward. He shouldn't be in your Week 9 fantasy plans.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Rams "turned down multiple offers for RB Cam Akers before Tuesday's trade deadline and now are working with Akers' agent in hopes he'll play for them again this season." Akers doesn't seem to have much choice, unless he's trying to force the team to release him. We'll see where this goes -- and how the backfield will shake out if Akers does return. The Rams also expect to get rookie Kyren Williams healthy soon, and HC Sean McVay has talked up his potential role. This looks like a backfield to avoid if you can, especially given how disappointing the offense has been on whole.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Monday that he expects WR Cooper Kupp (ankle) to play vs. the Bucs this weekend. Kupp has some "tissue swelling" but no structural damage to that ankle, per McVay. We'll keep a close eye on Kupp's status throughout the week, but fantasy owners can tentatively expect to have him in Week 9 lineups.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp is considered "day to day" with a "regular, low-ankle sprain" suffered late in the Week 8 loss to San Francisco, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He's got a chance to play [vs. the Bucs this weekend,] but you need to see how it responds, how swollen it gets, how it takes to rehab," Rapoport adds. "It seems like overall, the Rams star receiver is going to be fine, but we need to see how the week goes before we determine his availability." We'll keep a close eye on Kupp's status throughout the week. His absence would obviously be a big blow to the Rams offense, while leaving behind lots of volume for Allen Robinson, Tyler Higbee, Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek.

Darrell Henderson led Rams RBs in snaps played in Sunday's loss to the 49ers. But Ronnie Rivers paced the backfield in carries and targets. He managed just 21 yards on his 8 carries (2.6 per rush) and 15 yards on 4 catches, among 4 targets. We'd bet on rookie RB Kyren Williams getting significantly involved once he's ready. We also wouldn't be surprised to see the Rams pick up a RB ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline. Henderson rushed only 4 times for 16 yards and drew 2 targets (2 catches, 14 yards) against San Francisco. It's pretty clear that Sean McVay doesn't believe in him as a primary RB. Malcolm Brown mixed in for 5 carries (10 yards) against the 49ers.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp appeared to suffer an ankle injury late in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. He was able to walk off the field, but there’s a chance he’ll miss time going forward. We’ll keep an eye out for an update.

Update: HC Sean McVay did not have an update after the game. Former NFL head team Dr. David Chao believes Kupp is dealing with a "mild" inversion ankle sprain, based on video of the injury, and believes he has a good chance to be ready for Week 9.

Rams TE Tyler Higbee suffered a neck injury in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game vs. the 49ers and is questionable to return. Stay tuned for an update.

Update: Higbee returned in the 2nd quarter.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Rams RB Cam Akers is expected to re-join the team if he's not traded before Tuesday's deadline. He won't play vs. the 49ers today, but it sounds like Akers could be back in uniform for Week 9's game against the Bucs. It's unclear, of course, what type of role Akers would be returning to. That said, Darrell Henderson is a strong sell candidate if you can get RB2 value for him in a trade.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Friday that WR Van Jefferson (knee) will play vs. the 49ers this weekend and have his "normal workload," per ESPN's Sarah Barshop. McVay added that Jefferson will be monitored throughout the game. A "normal workload" for Jefferson last year meant an 80% snap rate and 14.7% target share. It'd be a little surprising if Jefferson did that much in his 1st game since early-August knee surgery, but it sounds like McVay expects him to contribute. We'd try not to use Jefferson in season-long fantasy lineups this week, but he's an intriguing DFS flier.

Rams RB Cam Akers will not play vs. the 49ers this weekend, HC Sean McVay confirmed Friday. We'll see if Akers gets moved before Tuesday's trade deadline. Darrell Henderson figures to operate as Los Angeles' lead back again on Sunday.

Rams WR Van Jefferson (knee) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He was just designated to return from IR earlier this week after early-August knee surgery. We'll see if Jefferson is ready for this weekend's game vs. the 49ers.

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 WR Van Jefferson (knee) has been designated to return from IR. He'll practice on Wednesday and is eligible to play vs. the 49ers this weekend. We'll see if Jefferson is ready after early-August knee surgery. A struggling Rams passing game could certainly use his field-stretching ability. Jefferson is worth stashing in deeper fantasy leagues.

The Panthers list QB Baker Mayfield (ankle) as doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Bucs. Interim HC Steve Wilks already named QB P.J. Walker the starter for that one. But it looks like Mayfield might be ready to return for Week 8. Fantasy owners, of course, can continue to avoid the situation.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Monday that he expects to get WR Van Jefferson back after the Week 7 bye. Jefferson has been sidelined since undergoing knee surgery in early August. The Rams desperately need his deep speed. Jefferson averaged 16.0 yards per catch on a 13.5-yard average depth of target last season. None of the Rams' current top 3 WRs (Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Ben Skowronek) are averaging more than 10.8 yards per catch this year.

Rams WR Cooper caught 7 of 8 targets for 80 yards in Sunday's win over the Panthers. He led the team in each of those categories, in a game that saw QB Matthew Stafford throw for 253 yards and 1 score. That TD went to WR Allen Robinson, who posted a 5-63-1 receiving line on 6 targets. WR Ben Skowronek and WR Brandon Powell tied for 3rd at 5 targets. Skowronek played 19 more snaps and ran 11 more routes than Powell.

Rams DL Aaron Donald (foot) is active for today's game against the Panthers. He belongs in most IDP lineups.

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