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Cam Akers expected to play in Week 9

We break down the news that Akers is back practicing with the Rams. What it means for Week 9 and beyond.

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Game day Update: Akers will be active for the Rams on Sunday and is expected to increase in workload over the next few weeks.

Friday Update: Akers has a chance of playing Sunday, but head coach Sean McVay wants to see him in another practice on Friday.

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers is expected to return to practice this week ahead of Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Akers hasn’t played since Oct. 9 for “personal reasons,” as designated by the team.

Reports of tension between the running back and the Rams’ leadership have swirled for months, with Akers unhappy with the lack of run formations and playing time. Head coach Sean McVay was frustrated with the lack of production from the run game.

After the trade deadline came and went Tuesday and Akers was still in Los Angeles, the two parties appear to have come to some sort of mutual understanding that prompted Akers’ return to practice.

Fantasy football implications for Week 9

Darrell Henderson Jr. leads the Rams in rushing, but that’s not even saying all that much — Henderson doesn’t have 200 yards this season as we enter Week 9. The Rams are simply not leaning on their ground game this season, which appeared to be part of the reason for Akers’ tense relationship with the staff in L.A.

If Akers plays — and he might, as McVay won’t rule him out — he’s not exactly a lock for fantasy lineups. Unless something changes in both his level of play and the Rams’ play-calling, it doesn’t look like this division in opinion will repair itself anytime soon.