Sports Rams RB Cam Akers tears Achilles tendon, out indefinitely
NFL: Achilles tendon tear: RAMS-RB misses season
Running Back Cam Aker's Los Angeles Rams has moved an Achilles tendon tear in training and will miss the upcoming NFL season. This reports NFL reporter Adam Schefter from ESPN. © Provided by SPOX CAM AKERS From the Los Angeles Rams, the upcoming NFL season will be missing. The RAMS confirmed Akers' injury on Tuesday evening German time, but did not allow a downtime.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers is out indefinitely after tearing his Achilles tendon in an offseason training session.
The Rams confirmed the injury Tuesday, one week before veterans report to training camp.
Akers was expected to be the Rams’ starter in the backfield after coming on late in his outstanding rookie season. Akers had 272 yards from scrimmage in the Rams’ two playoff games, capping his rookie year with some of his best play.
The injury is a blow to Rams coach Sean McVay’s plans to build an elite NFL offense around quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade with Detroit for Jared Goff early in the offseason.
Klepinger: Despite defeat "On a good way"
The SV Sandhausen has imagined the SV Sandhausen differently: On Hardtwald, it sat down a 0: 2 defeat against Fortuna Düsseldorf. But not everything was negative - that's why Trainer Gerhard Kleppinger showed confident about the game. © Imago Images / Eibner was confident despite the defeat against Fortuna Düsseldorf: SVS-Coach Gerhard Kleppinger. Testtroet with Achilles tendon issues replaced Sandhausen found heavily in the game at the beginning and had his problems with courageous dessertors.
Akers intended to play a primary role as an every-down back for the Rams after sharing carries as a rookie last year with Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown in the team's first season following Todd Gurley's departure.
Akers got 14 carries in his NFL debut, but didn't get that many touches again until December. The Florida State product took over the primary ball-carrying role for four of Los Angeles' final five regular season games, averaging 3.95 yards on 86 carries — including a career-high 171 yards against New England.
Akers' athleticism and explosiveness made him the clear top choice heading into the playoffs, where he rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' victory at Seattle. He added 91 yards and a touchdown in Los Angeles' season-ending loss at Green Bay.
Henderson is still with the Rams, while Brown left for Miami. Los Angeles also has Raymond Calais and Xavier Jones, who both have limited NFL experience, along with rookie seventh-round pick Jake Funk.
The Rams' veterans will report to UC Irvine on Tuesday, July 27, with their first practice the next day.
The NFL Network first reported Akers' injury.
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Greg Beacham, The Associated Press
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The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ Injured Italy defender Leonardo Spinazzola has flown to London with the rest of his teammates for Sunday’s European Championship final against England. Spinazzola was using crutches and had his left leg bandaged. He will watch Sunday’s match from the stands at Wembley Stadium. The 28-year-old Spinazzola was arguably Italy’s best player until he injured his Achilles tendon against Belgium in the quarterfinals. Spinazzola had surgery in Finland on Monday and is expected to be sidelined for about six months.