Aaron Donald ends holdout, will not play Sunday vs. Colts

Posted September 11, 2017

All of the expectations for the Rams offense has been overshadowed by the absence of Aaron Donald, but the sooner the problem is resolved the better things will be for both sides. Rams agreed to waive $1.48 million of fines they could have imposed on Donald for missing training camp.

Donald, 26, did not participate in the Rams' preseason activities as he seeks a contract extension.

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Donald has ended his holdout, showed up at the Rams' facility and took his physical according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"He is not ruled out, but right now he's not here", Rams coach Sean McVay told TheRams.com. The franchise is expected to receive a roster exemption from the National Football League that will allow them to pay Donald without cutting a player from their 53-man roster before Monday. He will avoid that as the team and Donald continue to restructure his rookie agreement.

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It's pretty sad when the biggest storyline in a game is more about someone not playing than any potential replacements or other big names playing in the game, and that's unfortunately what we have here for this battle between the Indianapolis Colts and the Los Angeles Rams. He was named 2014 AP Defensive Rookie of the year, and has been a Pro Bowl selection in each of his first three years. Donald was looking to leverage his holdout into a new contract that would make him one of the highest paid players in the NFL.

It is doubtful if he will even play in the next couple of weeks.

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