Cam Akers can help rehabilitate Rams’ ground game

Cam Akers knew right away what was wrong. What he didn’t know, and what hurt worse, was what it could mean for his football future.

Akers was doing a pre-training-camp workout he described as “knee-ups” near the Rams’ practice facility in Thousand Oaks last July when he felt a pop in one heel. He glanced behind him to see if somebody had hit him. But there was nobody within 15 yards.

The Rams’ leading rusher as a rookie in 2020 had torn his right Achilles’ tendon.

“I called my mom. I cried,” Akers said Thursday in a Zoom call with reporters, speaking publicly about his injury and comeback for the first time and describing his reactions.

“And then, two days later, all of my emotions were geared to ‘What am I going to do to get back?’ The fear of not coming back (as) the same me was all the motivation I needed.”

Less than six months after surgeon Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic repaired the damage, Akers took the first official strides in his comeback when he came off the bench Sunday to carry the ball five times (for 3 yards) and catch three passes (for 10) in the Rams’ 27-24, overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Saying he wasn’t sore after the limited action, Akers said he’s ready to take more of the load from Sony Michel in the Rams’ playoff opener against the Arizona…

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