By Datti Jinkiri
Clinton native Cam Akers has been handed a setback in his preparation for his second NFL season. Akers tore his Achilles during a workout and could miss the entire 2021 season. The 2017 Clinton High School graduate was expected to carry the Rams’ rushing load and be their starting running back in the upcoming season.
Akers rushed for 625 yards and two touchdowns in his rookie season. His best performance of the season came against the New England Patriots, when he ran for 171 yards on 29 carries in a 24-3 victory. Akers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. He also rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown in an NFC Wild Card Playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Akers averaged an impressive 4.3 yards per carry last season and was ready to take on a greater percentage of the Rams’ carries.
Akers hasn’t yet been ruled out for the entire season, but the Rams will be evaluating other running back options in his absence. Rams coach Sean McVay could look to running back (and Batesville native) Darrell Henderson, who finished second to Akers in rushing yards last season.