Ankle Injury
08/10/21
Cam Akers Achilles
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By SPORTSDOCMATT 08/10/21
Dr. Matt Provencher here. Cam Akers an explosive back last year for the Rams tore his Achilles. The season ending injury will once again limit Matthew Stafford’s chance of a high-profile running game to compliment his passing game. Achilles’ tendon tears have proved to be detrimental at this position. Players like Mikel LeShoure, LenDale White, Arian Foster and D’onta Foreman are just a few the guys at this position that couldn’t return as they had hoped. The explosion needed to get through the hole is impacted leaving running backs slower when pushing off that leg and less likely to break through for big gains. Confidence in their body and the mental fortitude it takes to play at that caliber again can also be a big factor. At times their inability to trust their repair and make directional changes doesn’t allow them to cause missed tackles or give them the power to break them. Achilles’ injuries can cause compensation issues leading to more injuries in the future as well. We have seen big name players at other positions come back from this injury a big one being Terrell Suggs, and they have gone on to be game influencers even at positions that require tremendous strength and power it just hasn’t seemed to happen yet at the running back position. Cam has a full year and then some to rehab this and get back on the field. We expect he will do everything in his power to return and be an impact guy for the Rams and possibly be the first to tear his Achilles and return as the influential back he was prior.
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