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Los Angeles Rams running back Jake Funk runs between Dallas Cowboys' Israel Mukuamu, left, and Austin Faoliu during NFL football practice Saturday, Aug 7, 2021, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/John McCoy)

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams will need reserve running backs Jake Funk and Xavier Jones this season, as they were reminded when starter Darrell Henderson Jr. came out of practice because of a hand injury on Tuesday. Henderson ran into a teammate at the end of a carry during a live team period, fumbling the ball. The thirdyear back from Memphis then spent several minutes flexing his right hand and being examined by trainers. After going back to the locker room, Henderson returned during the next period with his wrist taped. “He ended up coming back in,” coach Sean McVay said. “He got his hand just kind of hit in the middle of practice, and so he was just getting that checked out.” The Rams lost Cam Akers, who emerged as the lead back late in his rookie season, to a torn Achilles tendon sustained during an offseason workout. Henderson has been productive when healthy, but he has also missed time with ankle, thigh and hamstring injuries in his first two seasons with Los Angeles. From the group of inexperienced four tailbacks behind Henderson, Jones and Funk have emerged as depth options that might be called on to do even more. “I think both X and Funk have done a really nice job. Those guys, if they continue on this trajectory, they’re going to be a part of our plans in the running back room,” McVay said. Jones could be valuable in the passing game. He had 72 receptions for 488 yards and three touchdowns in five seasons at SMU playing in a spread offense under coach Sonny Dykes. Quarterback Matthew Stafford had success in his 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions finding running backs such as D’Andre Swift and Theo Riddick for completions. The 5-foot-11, 208-pound Jones could be that option for the Rams, and his dependability as a blocker means it would make sense to have him on the field in throwing situations.

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