Sean McVay, the Rams’ head coach, was “very encouraged” by his conversation with Cam Akers

Cam Akers, the Los Angeles Rams’ running back, could return to the lineup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Sean McVay, the Rams’ head coach, was “very encouraged” by his conversation with Cam Akers

Sean McVay, the Rams' head coach, was "very encouraged" by his conversation with Cam Akers

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According to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop, Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters Wednesday that he was “very encouraged with the dialogue” he and Akers had followed the trade deadline on Tuesday.

Akers did not play in Los Angeles’ last two games due to “philosophical and football-related differences,” according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Prior to Week 9, the Rams, Akers, and his¬†representatives are reportedly “working through a couple of different options.”

“As far as playing on Sunday, I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, but we’re working through some different things,” McVay added about Akers. “After we had that conversation, got a couple different things that are some options that we can potentially do moving forward. And we’ll have clarity on that as far as getting him back working with this group, or if that means exploring other avenues.”

When McVay publicly stated after the team’s Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills that he wanted Akers to demonstrate a “increased level of urgency and accountability,” reports about issues between the player and the club began to circulate.

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As per Barshop, Akers later claimed that the conversation happened during training camp, well before the Buffalo game.

Akers would then be unable to play against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6 due to unspecified “personal reasons.”

While it’s assumed the 23-year-old was made available prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline, he could be re-joining the Los Angeles rushing attack at a good time for a 3-4 team in need of backfield help.

According to ESPN statistics, the Rams rank 31st with 68.4 rushing yards per game, trailing only the 3-5 Buccaneers (61.9 rushing yards per game). In five games this season, Akers has 151 rushing yards and a touchdown on 51 carries.