Aaron Donald ends holdout but won't play Week 1

Rosalie Stanley
September 10, 2017

All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald has ended his hold out and reported to the team, according to Pro Football Talk.

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.

Donald has not received a new contract, but the two sides will keep working toward one, the Rams said. 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.

The Rams play the Indianapolis Colts in the opener on Sunday.

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The 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year is wrecking ball along Los Angeles' defensive front, recording a whopping 163 tackles, 35 tackles for a loss, 28 sacks, and four forced fumbles in just three seasons.

Donald did pass his physical, which PFT reported, but Donald is still at least one week, if not more from being in game shape.

As part of the agreement to get Donald back to practice, however, he will be paid his weekly game checks even if he doesn't appear in the game. 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. He won't play this week against the Colts but should be ready to go in Week 2.

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