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Cam Akers expected to play vs. Washington in Week 5

Cam Akers is set to return to the Rams active lineup in Week 4 after a two-week hiatus due to injury.

Cam Akers of the Los Angeles Rams look son during a team scrimmage at SoFi Stadium on August 29, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers hasn’t played since he suffered a rib injury against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2, but Sean McVay expects to have him back for a Week 5 matchup against the Washington Football Team.

The Rams have a running back-by-committee approach when it comes to the ground game, but Akers was heavily involved in Week 1 and racked up 14 carries . While he only gained 29 rushing yards on the ground in his NFL debut, he could affect the workloads of Darrell Henderson Jr. and Malcolm Brown.

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Brown had a team-high 18 carries in Week 1 and scored two touchdowns as the Rams’ goal line back, but hasn’t looked nearly as good since he injured his finger against the Eagles in Week 2. Henderson emerged as the feature back after Akers and Brown went down with injuries in Week 2 and exploded for 114 rushing yards on 20 carries the following week. However, he only tallied eight carries in Week 4 against the New York Giants while Brown got nine and caught five passes. The return of Akers makes Los Angeles’ running back situation seem murky. These backs are more suited for DFS than season-long fantasy, as there is no telling who the workhorse will be.