I have high hopes for the Okudah/Okwara!!
Incredible for Akers, less than 6 mo and he’s running the ball!!!
Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles while preparing for Rams training camp. It was announced on July 20 that he would undergo surgery to repair his torn Achilles and that would sideline him for the entire 2021 NFL season.
Achilles injuries have, historically, hindered athletes long-term. The average recovery time for a return to sport is four to 12 months, but usually, the recovery of professional athletes has tended to take nine to 12-months. And those who returned early often weren’t the same players that they were when they first went down.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed surgery on Akers and repaired the tendon in such a way that the Rams running back could get moving early. That included 10 days of toe curls, range-of-motion exercises, blood flow restriction therapy and workouts on an anti-gravity treadmill the Rams installed at Akers’ home. That led him to shed his walking boot just a month after surgery.
“When we saw him walking normally so fast, we all started looking at each other,” Rams VP of sports medicine and performance Reggie Scott said to Yahoo Sports. “That’s when we got this sense that he had a chance to get back before this season was over.”
Akers managed to do just that. He played in Week 18 against the 49ers, serving as a backup behind Sony Michel and carrying the ball five times for three yards. The numbers weren’t huge, but for Akers, getting back on the field was a “blessing” after the way he attacked his rehab.
Akers injury timeline
— July 20, 2021 : Akers suffers a torn Achilles while training for the 2021 NFL season. It is reported that the Rams running back will miss the campaign because of it.
— Dec. 26, 2021 : The Rams surprisingly activate Akers from IR after designating him for return. It is believed that this move is being made to (give Akers a pension credit for the season) despite the fact that he hasn’t played for the Rams.
— Dec. 28, 2021 : Coach Sean McVay announces that Akers could have a chance to play. for the Rams during the final two weeks of the 2022 NFL season.
“He’s earned the right to be able to get on this roster and it looks like there’s a possibility of him contributing as soon as this week actually on the field,”
— Jan 9, 2022 : Akers plays in Week 18 just five and a half months after originally suffering a torn Achilles. He runs for three yards on five carries against the 49ers and serves as the backup running back behind Sony Michel.