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Cam Akers’ high-ankle sprain will sideline him indefinitely for playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers suffered a high-ankle sprain in a 23-20 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday and will be sidelined indefinitely, according to Rams coach Sean McVay.

“He is a war daddy,” McVay stated Monday. “But he is going to be out for at least the next week or so.”

Akers suffered the injury early in the second quarter and went to the sideline with trainers but returned only minutes later with his left ankle heavily taped. He ended with 63 yards on 15 carries.

His absence will be felt Sunday when the Rams (9-5) play the Seattle Seahawks (10-4) at Lumen Field.

A victory would earn the Rams a playoff berth and would move them into first place in the NFC West with a game remaining in the regular season.

After playing a complementary role in a running back committee with Darrell Henderson Jr. and Malcolm Brown most of the campaign, Akers had recently distinguished himself as a feature back.

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In a Week 13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Akers rushed for 72 yards on 21 carries, and the following week, in a 24-3 win over the New England Patriots, he rushed for 171 yards on 29 carries.

McVay said the desire of Akers, a second-round draft pick from Florida State, to finish Sunday’s game reiterated his thoughts about the rookie’s status on the team.

“He gave us a chance,” McVay said. “You can see why we have so much confidence in what he’s going to be for the future.”

Henderson and Brown will take over in Akers’ absence.

“They’ll both get work — as far as the specifics, we’re not really sure,” McVay said. “We’re just getting into the initial parts of the game plan.” The Rams defeated the Seahawks 23-16 in Week 10.

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Nuggets defeat Lakers in 6th win in a row

Aided by a perfect five-game homestand, the Denver Nuggets hit the road and kept on winning.

Paul Millsap scored 21 points and the Nuggets controlled the second half in beating the Los Angeles Lakers, who were without LeBron James, 128-104 on Sunday night for their sixth win in a row.

”Our last homestand gave us confidence to come on the road and win,” Millsap said. ”We have so many weapons.”

The Nuggets had six players in double figures. 

Gary Harris added 19 points, Nikola Jokic had 18 points, Malik Beasley had 16 points and Will Barton III had 14 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who pulled away to a 23-point lead early in the fourth. James missed his first game of the season because of a thoracic muscle strain. That left the Lakers without his 25.8 point average and 10.6 assists.

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”It’s kind of hard to next-man-up LeBron,” said Kyle Kuzma, the only other Laker in double figures with 16 points. ”He does so much. Shots come easier when he’s on the floor because everyone just looks at him.”

With James looking on in street clothes, Anthony Davis did his best to make up for it with 32 points and 11 rebounds. He scored 11 points playing all 12 minutes of the first quarter.

”It’s tough when he’s out but we still got to find ways to win,” Davis said. ”We lost our energy defensively. We got to continue to defend and once we get that edge back we’ll be fine.”

Davis slipped and tweaked his right leg in the third quarter, but felt good enough to play 7 1/2 minutes in the fourth.

”Hopefully nothing significant happens,” he said. The Lakers can’t afford to have Davis go down at the same time as James with a Christmas game versus the Clippers looming. The Western Conference-leading Lakers have lost three in a row since winning seven straight.

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