Aaron Donald Ends Holdout with Rams; DE Reportedly Won't Play Week 1

Posted September 10, 2017

Los Angeles Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald has officially ended his contract holdout. The Rams will add Donald to the active roster seeking a roster exemption.

However, Donald will not play in their Week 1 matchup against the against the Indianapolis Colts, and both sides are still working on a new contract, per Schefter.

However, it appears it has come to an end after the 26-year-old has reported to the team's practice facility on Saturday where he passed a physical without a new deal in place.

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. Get the app and get the game. After he failed to report to training camp in late July, Rams General Manager Les Snead and Coach Sean McVay expressed optimism that a deal would get done.

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So ends Donald's almost three-month-long hiatus.

He is still playing under a rookie contract, and clearly felt that he deserved more.

Donald reportedly wants to be the NFL's highest-paid defensive player, surpassing Denver Broncos outside linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller. The quicker Donald can line up against opposing linemen, the sooner Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme can be truly implemented and reach its full potential in La La Land.

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