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Rams running back Cam Akers suffers season-ending achilles injury

NFL: NFC Wild Card Round-Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

A key player on one of the Seahawks’ biggest NFC West rivals has unfortunately suffered a serious injury.

Cam Akers, who excelled for the Rams late in his rookie season in 2020, tore his achilles while training away from the team, the Rams announced Tuesday morning. Akers was picked by many to have a breakout season in 2021 after having 625 yards and two touchdowns in 2020. The Rams have yet to confirm that the injury will end his season, but this late into the offseason it’s all but a certainty that he’s out for the year. Beat reporter Jordan Rodrigue is among those saying he will be gone until 2022.

Akers, who was taken with LA’s first draft pick last year, racked up an impressive 176 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks’ Wild Card loss. Henderson, meanwhile, rushed for 90 yards across both of his regular season appearances versus Seattle.

With Akers’ season ending before it could even begin, Darrell Henderson will presumably be in charge of starting duties for Los Angeles. Other running backs on the Rams’ roster include rookie seventh-rounder Jake Funk, second-year UDFA Xavier Jones, and 2020 seventh-rounder Raymond Calais.