LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said the team was exploring the option of finding running back Cam Akers “a fresh start with another team.”
On Friday, McVay said Akers will not practice for a second straight day or play in the Rams’ Week 6 game because the team is “working through some other things with Cam.” He was listed as out on the team’s injury report for personal reasons.
McVay said that if the trade with Akers “does not come to fruition, then we will find a solution on how best to move forward with him here.” McVay also said he would not consider the possibility of Akers playing for the team again” take it off the table”.
“I’d like to think that I’m a very open-minded person,” he said. “But I think if you look at certain situations and scenarios with the way things have played out at the moment, I think that … the best option for all parties … would be to explore whether it’s a good situation.” returns for him with another team.
“If that doesn’t play out, I would never say it’s off the table if he comes back and finds the best way to use it and that he’s the best player he’s capable of. I would never speak absolutely like that.”
Akers has 151 rushing yards and a touchdown on 51 carries this season. After scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 – his first since the 2020 season – he said he was motivated because “everyone else felt like I lost a step or whatever, but I didn’t. “
McVay said he thought the communication between Akers and his agent about the situation “was pretty clear and there was a good dialogue.”
“Sometimes good dialogue can bring clarity to a decision that isn’t necessarily easy but is the best one,” McVay said. “…and I’ll never claim to always make the right decisions, but when you weigh the different things that we’re working through and trying to figure out what’s best for our football team and the backcourt in particular, that’s the direction we’re going we’re moving.”
In Akers’ absence Sunday against the Panthers, running back Darrell Henderson Jr. rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and running back Malcolm Brown added 15 yards on seven carries.
Although McVay conceded that a fresh start for Akers could be in the team’s and the player’s best interest, there is a real possibility a swap will not go through.
“I will say that a lot of these types of discussions go on and nothing comes to fruition,” McVay said. “And then sometimes things happen a lot quicker when you find someone who will pick up on the things that you might be looking for or who fit the interests of the player and our team. And so it only takes one. But in many cases, sometimes things never work out.”
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34818773/cam-akers-sidelined-los-angeles-rams-search-trade Cam Akers sidelined as Los Angeles Rams search for trade