The Los Angeles Rams have made a lot of moves to ensure their best opportunity to make it to the Super Bowl this season. They pulled one more surprise out of their bag on Thursday when they designated Cam Akers would return from injured reserve.
LA Rams Transactions:
• Designated for Return RB Cam Akers
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 23, 2021
That’s shocking considering Akers suffered what was considered a season-ending Achilles injury in July. To return to the field just five months later seems astounding.
The second-round pick out of Florida State was coming off a strong rookie season in which he rushed for 625 yards and two touchdowns in 145 carries. He also caught 11 passes for 145 yards and another score. The 22-year-old had huge expectations for the season, though it was assumed he would not be able to play until 2022.
Thank you for choosing me God 💙🙏🏾 https://t.co/leHUgptwBv
— Cam akers (@thereal_cam3) December 23, 2021
However, Akers is back and NFL folks are shocked by the news, especially considering how the Rams are already doing well. At 10-4, they’re currently tied for the NFC West lead and have the chance to be the top seed in the NFC playoffs, though they’re locked in a battle with the Cardinals, Packers, Cowboys, and Buccaneers.
It remains to be seen how soon Akers will be in the lineup and when he actually steps on the field, but the reactions to the news from NFL Twitter on Thursday were pretty loud.
Well I'll be…He really did it. Cam Akers is really coming back from a torn Achilles in the same season https://t.co/PMflHxUq7I pic.twitter.com/lFUravP66n
— JAKE ELLENBOGEN (@JKBOGEN) December 23, 2021
The prodigal son returns. https://t.co/VnomeuDGG0
— Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP) December 23, 2021
Five months for a ruptured Achilles seems pretty impressive. https://t.co/kcdw1BEVJn
— Dave Loughran (@Loughy_D) December 23, 2021
huge news https://t.co/rC1US9vmif
— Sarina (@sarina) December 23, 2021
CAM AKERS IS BACKKKK I DONT KNOW HOW TO ACTTTT pic.twitter.com/x8hv5PvN3B
— Rams Tapes 📍 (@RamsTapes) December 23, 2021
Getting Cam Akers back is really the best Christmas present ever.
— Rams Brothers (@RamsBrothers) December 23, 2021
If and when Akers does return this NFL season, he’ll join Darrell Henderson Jr. and Sony Michel in the Rams backfield. Here’s to hoping he’ll be fully healed and can evade injury for the rest of the year.