While it was nowhere near the injury devastation NFC West rival, the San Francisco 49ers suffered in Week 2 — they lost, well, just about everybody it seems — the Rams did lose two offensive starters on Sunday in an otherwise brilliant day in Philadelphia as they beat the Eagles 37-19.
Both running back Cam Akers (ribs) and left guard Joe Noteboom (calf) departed the game and neither player returned. After the win, Rams coach Sean McVay said he didn’t have any updates on either injury.
Sean McVay does not have a health update for Cam Akers (ribs) or Joe Noteboom (calf).— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) September 20, 2020
McVay may have more information on both Akers and Noteboom on Monday or perhaps Wednesday as the team prepares to play at Buffalo next week. The Rams’ offense moved right along even after the injuries. Akers, a second-round pick who earned the starting job as a rookie, had three carries for 13 yards before leaving the game. Darrell Henderson took over as the lead back and had a nice game. He had 81 yards on 12 carries, including a critical 40-yard run. The Rams ran the ball 39 times Sunday and have run it 79 times in two games this season as they smoothly move away from the Todd Gurley era. The Rams averaged 25 rushes a game last season,
"We're dangerous right now when we're able to run the ball," Jared Goff says. pic.twitter.com/IDPAGKshCo— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) September 20, 2020
So, the Rams’ running game is in good shape, but there is no doubt. they want Akers and Noteboom, one of his blockers, back as soon as possible.
UPDATE: Rams reported another injury after the game:
Malcolm Brown suffered a finger injury and therefore was a bit limited near the end of the game, per team.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) September 20, 2020