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Cam Akers tore Achilles, is out for season

What will Rams do next?

Los Angeles Rams Mandatory Minicamp Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

The LA Rams suffered their first unfortunate blow to the season, perhaps the first devastating injury new for any NFL team in 2021, with the report on Tuesday that running back Cam Akers tore his Achilles while working out this week. He is expected to be out for the entire 2021 campaign.

Akers was a revelation last December and in the playoffs, helping the Rams offense get on track by being an explosive force at the running back position. He rushed for 224 yards in two playoff games and was expected to be LA’s unquestioned number one back for the 2021 season. That duty now appears to fall back to Darrell Henderson, who was the Rams’ number one back in the beginning of last season but who also dealt with some injuries and then fell out of favor when the team needed a spark.

Akers was the 57th overall pick out of Florida State in 2020.

This leads to a series of questions that will need answers, such as: