these athletes can return to play but akers has lost a lot of his explosiveness. at least this year in the playoffs vs his time at FSU and his rookie year. now that he will be basically a year and a half removed it will be interesting to see. i completely forgot about that injury when he signed with us and now i’m a little more concerned with what he will look like going forwardThe achilles generally takes longer to recover from but lately has a very successful recovery rate. Cam Akers, Rams RB, had a torn achilles last July and was able to play again about 6 months later. That's a bit earlier than normal, though. Generally full recovery takes between 9 - 12 months. For reference purposes my daughter is currently going through this exact recovery process and probably needs to whipping around more than a QB does as she does high level tumbling for competitive cheer. She was recently cleared to begin simple tumbling about a month ago after surgery in early September of last year.