For a team desperate to put the problems of the 2022 season behind them, the Rams with Akers are a setback.
Akers and coach Sean McVay were at odds last season, leading to McVay publicly challenging Akers and then banning him for several games. Unable to find a trade partner, the Rams reinstated Akers and he ran for more than 100 yards in each of the last three games.
Everything seemed fine during offseason workouts and training camp – until things apparently changed again after the season-opening win over the Seattle Seahawks, a game in which Akers carried the ball 22 times for 27 yards and a touchdown.
Akers was inactive and absent on Sunday, posting on social media that he was just as confused as everyone else. McVay claimed he and Akers had a great dialogue.
McVay said he learned a lot from everything that happened with the Rams last season. Akers said the same thing about his situation.
But with McVay saying this wouldn’t be a “back and forth,” it sounds like they’ll soon learn to live separately.