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Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Aaron Donald Reports To Rams

Aaron Donald Reports To Rams

Best player of the #Los Angeles Rams, #Aaron Donald, ended his holdout on Saturday. However, he will not play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

It simply means Donald has reported to the team and won't continue to hold out for a lucrative long-term deal.

There's no reason that Donald shouldn't be paid well, and the Rams hope to resolve that issue rather quickly with the Rams. Donald refused to be with the team this preseason in protest of his contract.

Had Donald's holdout continued into the regular season, his absence would have cost him something like $106,000 a week, a not-insignificant amount of money for a guy whose base salary is $1.8 million. He reported to the Rams' facility and passed his physical.

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Donald is widely regarded as one of the top defensive players in the league through his first three campaigns as he leads all defensive tackles with 28.0 sacks and 57.0 tackles for loss over that span. He was the AP's defensive rookie of the year as a first-round pick in St. Louis in 2014, and the 6-foot dynamo has only improved.

The Rams host Washington next weekend, and McVay has said Donald will play whenever he is able to contribute, even if it isn't on every snap.

It's reasonable to expect Donald to be back on the field in Week 2 against the Redskins, though ProFootballTalk suggests it could be a few weeks before he plays.

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