Rams running backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson are both nursing soft-tissue injuries that led them to miss Monday’s practice, Sean McVay told reporters after the workout.
“They have soft-tissue stuff right now,” McVay said. “They’re not full-speed. Until they’re full-speed, we’re not going to have them practice.”
McVay declined to give a recovery timeline for either player, but emphasized that the coaching staff is taking a measured approach with both co-starting running backs at this point in training camp.
“Really, we’re just being smart with [Henderson] and Cam,” McVay explained. “We’re interested in them being able to return to full performance, where it can be full-speed, not like 50 percent. We need to be able to ‘go’ at running back. So the first goal is (to) get those guys back out here when both of them are able to go at full-speed, 100 percent with no restrictions.”
Akers, who is entering his third season, and Henderson, a rising fourth-year player, have both dealt with a variety of injuries during their time in the NFL. Akers missed most of the 2021 campaign with a torn Achilles, while Henderson has missed a handful of games in each of his three professional seasons due to injury.
However, when the two ballcarriers last started a year together in 2020, they formed a reliable duo. Akers, as a rookie, tallied 625 yards in 13 games and Henderson amassed 624 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games.
In their current absence, second-year running back Jake Funk and rookie Kyren Williams will take the lead reps in practice, according to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue.
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