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Sean McVay Announces Decision On Running Back Cam Akers This Week

Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

As the NFL trade deadline draws nearer, there have already been a couple noteworthy deals involving running backs.

It looks like the Los Angeles Rams are still trying to add Cam Akers to that list.

Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters Wednesday that Akers is not practicing with the team this week. Akers did not play in the Rams' most recent game, and McVay has said publicly that the team is trying to trade the third-year running back.

"Rams RB Cam Akers will not practice with the team this week, McVay said," Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Rams might be struggling to generate interest in Akers, who has yet to recapture the form he showed during his rookie season in 2020 prior to tearing his Achilles tendon. Akers has averaged less than three yards per carry and scored just one touchdown in five games this season.

Darrell Henderson should continue to lead the Rams' backfield in the absence of Akers.

The Rams could be looking to move Akers in a deal that would land them a new starting running back. They were reportedly in on the Christian McCaffrey sweepstakes, ultimately won by the San Francisco 49ers. 

Other running backs that have been linked to trade talks include Kareem Hunt of the Cleveland Browns.