Ari’s NFL News Tracker: Latest Updates, Rumors from Around the League

This article will provide you with all the news and updates across the NFL. Updates will be made throughout the day, so check in regularly for more news and rumors. The times listed are EDT.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Vikings Trade for Rams RB Cam Akers

The Los Angeles Rams have traded running back Cam Akers to the Minnesota Vikings. The two teams will exchange late-round draft picks in 2026.

A second-round pick in 2020, Akers started Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks and had 22 carries for 29 yards. However, he was a healthy inactive in Week 2, and coach Sean McVay mentioned that the team was actively seeking to trade him.

Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell worked with Akers for two years while serving as the Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2020-21.

Akers will be a part of the Vikings’ running back group, which includes Alexander Mattison, Ty Chandler and Myles Gaskin. — 6:41 p.m.

Bears DC Alan Williams Resigns

The Chicago Bears announced that defensive coordinator Alan Williams has resigned from his position.

Williams has been away from the team since last week for what the team referred to as a personal matter.

Earlier in the day, coach Matt Eberflus declined to comment on whether he has had any discussions with Williams, whether Williams will return or if Williams is still employed as the team’s defensive coordinator.

In a carefully worded statement, Williams said: “I am taking a step back to take care of my health and family. I appreciate the opportunity to work with the Chicago Bears, a storied NFL franchise with a rich history.” — 4:45 p.m.

This story is still developing, and we will have further updates once they are available.

Giants Rule Out Four Starters For Thursday Night

The New York Giants will be without RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), LT Andrew Thomas (hamstring), G Ben Bredeson (concussion) and LB Azeez Ojulari (hamstring) for Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The team is also listing LB Micah McFadden (neck) and WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) as questionable.

Barkley sustained an ankle injury near the end of Sunday’s thrilling 31-28 win over the Arizona Cardinals. He’s expected to miss a couple of weeks, although coach Brian Daboll mentioned Barkley is a “fast healer” and the team won’t provide an official timeline. Thomas has been dealing with his hamstring injury since Week 1, and with a short week, he won’t be able to play. — 3:00 p.m.

Browns Sign Kareem Hunt

The Cleveland Browns and RB Kareem Hunt have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth a maximum of $4 million.

Hunt is returning to Cleveland following Nick Chubb‘s season-ending knee injury on Monday night. Hunt has spent the last four years with the Browns and is coming off a season in which he recorded 468 rushing yards on 123 carries, scoring four total touchdowns.

He has been a free agent since March and previously visited the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts but chose to wait for the right opportunity. — 11:00 a.m.

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