Akers and Henderson are both dealing with injuries and didn’t practice on Tuesday.
Cam Akers missed a majority of the 2021 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon before the season. He made a very quick return and was back on the field less than six months following surgery. Akers struggled, but he was out there. Now almost a year removed from the injury, Akers was hoping for a bounce-back season. The Rams hope his latest injury is just a minor soft tissue injury, but these types of things often end up being strains that lead to a multi-week absence and an increased Injury Risk going forward. That’s especially true in the first few weeks back. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Akers throughout training camp and the early parts of the season. Despite the quick return from his Achilles surgery, I’m still not optimistic that he is ready to be the same player that he was pre-injury. For most guys their explosiveness and power never fully comes back.
Darrell Henderson’s injury is believed to be more serious than Akers’, but they are awaiting further tests. His is also a soft tissue injury, aka a muscular strain. While it’s early enough that he could be ready to go by week 1, these are highly recurrent. It isn’t exactly how you want to see one of your key players starting the season.