The Rams are looking to trade running back Cam Akers, coach Sean McVay said Monday, and they will also be looking at ways to strengthen the offensive line after a season-ending Achilles injury sustained by left tackle Joe Noteboom.
McVay declined to provide details on Akers’ situation, except to reiterate that it was an “internal” issue.
But there’s clearly a disconnect between the running back’s estranged third-year and the Rams, who have an open date this week after improving to 3-3 with a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Akers did not practice last week and was not at SoFi Stadium for the game against the Panthers. McVay said the Rams “have been exploring the possibility that we could try to help him find a fresh start with a new team.”
Is a trade coming up?
“Calls have been made,” McVay said during a video conference call with reporters. “There is exploration and discussion about the possibility of him playing for another team.
“And that’s 100 percent truth and that’s where we’re at right now. Whether that happens today, tomorrow or never are also very likely possibilities.”
In five games, Akers was the team’s leading rusher with 151 yards and a touchdown in 51 carries.
In Akers’ absence, Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown will have to shoulder the load, and they helped the Rams hit a season-high 111 rushing yards on Sunday. Rookie Kyren Williams, a fifth-round draft pick, is on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Ronnie Rivers is on the training team.
When asked if Akers’ problem was with playing time or the way he was treated or coached, McVay disagreed.
“There’s a lot of layers,” McVay said, “but that’s where I’m going to keep it.”
McVay didn’t rule out Akers’ return to the team.
“That’s definitely something I would never say is off the table,” McVay said, adding, “I think the best option for all parties would be to explore if it’s a good situation for him to be with.” gives to another team.
“If that doesn’t come into play I would never say he comes back and finds the best way to use it and he’s the best player he’s capable of off the table.”
McVay said he had a “good dialogue” with Akers and his agent and that there was “clarity as to how we got here and why we are here.”
But the Rams are still trying to trade Akers.
“Sometimes good dialogue can bring clarity to a decision that’s not necessarily easy but is the best one,” McVay said, adding, “I’ll never claim to always make the right decisions, but when you weigh the different things.” that we’re going through trying to figure out what’s best for our football team, and especially for the backcourt, that’s the direction we’re going right now.
“Does that mean we’re going to end up there? … I wouldn’t put myself in a box.”
Noteboom is the youngest offensive lineman to pick up a season-ending injury, joining rookie Logan Bruss and Tremayne Anchrum. Coleman Shelton (high ankle sprain) and David Edwards (concussion) are on injured reserve along with center Brian Allen (knee), who is expected to return after the break.
After Noteboom was injured against the Panthers, Alaric Jackson switched from right guard to left tackle. Jackson spent most of training camp working as a swing tackle behind Noteboom and Rob Havenstein.
General manager Les Snead will consider signing or trading with an experienced offensive lineman, McVay said.
“Les and I, along with his group and some of our coaches, will put heads out and figure out what the best moves are,” McVay said.
Receiver Van Jefferson and cornerbacks Troy Hill and Cobie Durant are expected to return after the week off. Defensive lineman Bobby Brown will also be returning from a six-game suspension for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Rams won’t play again until Oct. 30 when the San Francisco 49ers visit SoFi Stadium for an NFC West game. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey said the Rams would benefit from their break because they have so many injured players.
“We can play for the division lead when we get the bye back,” he said, “hopefully getting some guys back from injury so I think it’s coming in a good place.”
Cornerback Grant Haley suffered a sprained knee and will “probably” be placed on injured reserve, McVay said. … McVay on the possibility of signing free agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr.: “I definitely don’t want to close the door on that.”
https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-10-17/rams-line-joe-noteboom-season-ending-achilles-injury-cam-akers-trade-talk Rams seek Cam Akers trade; Joe Noteboom has Achilles injury