Rams activate injured Cam Akers for noble reason with season winding down

Move allows Akers to earn credit toward NFL benefits

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The Los Angeles Rams activated running back Cam Akers for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, but he may not be able to play for the next three or four weeks.

Akers tore an Achilles tendon during the offseason and was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list to start his second season. The Rams made the decision to activate Akers while considering his future.

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Cam Akers (23) of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball during open practice at SoFi Stadium June 10, 2021 in Inglewood, Calif.

Cam Akers (23) of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball during open practice at SoFi Stadium June 10, 2021 in Inglewood, Calif. (Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

While Los Angeles is anticipating having him back for a potential playoff run, the team activated Akers to allow him to lock in a year of benefit and pension credit. He must be on the active roster for at least three games of the season to qualify, according to NFL.com.

The young running back had 625 yards and two rushing touchdowns in 13 games last season. He returned to practice last week.

Cam Akers of the Los Angeles Rams carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter in an NFC Wild Card game at Lumen Field Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle.

Cam Akers of the Los Angeles Rams carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter in an NFC Wild Card game at Lumen Field Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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"If you watched him do stuff with the performance staff (Thursday), you would think he could carry the ball 40 times on Sunday," Rams general manager Les Snead told NFL.com. "The plan is to implement him back into practice settings and make sure he can make football moves, rather than just observing. And from there, it's how that Achilles recovers. We'll be smart about it."

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) runs against the New England Patriots during the first half Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif.

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) runs against the New England Patriots during the first half Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Snead added that it was the team’s "vision" to have Akers back for January.

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Los Angeles is entering Sunday leading the NFC West after an Arizona Cardinals’ loss Saturday.