Aaron Donald ends holdout, reports to Rams facility

Aaron Donald ends holdout, reports to Rams facility

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has officially ended his holdout and reported to the team one day before the team will open the season against the Indianapolis Colts, according to Pro Football Talk.

Donald's representatives and the Rams will continue to work towards reaching a new deal, the team reported on their website Saturday. Donald is scheduled to earn $1.8 million this season.

Remember, his teammates have been at this since late July and went through four preseason games to get their bodies in peak physical condition and their minds sharpened through film study with their coaches.

Donald has recorded 28.0 sacks in his first three seasons. By reporting this week, he avoided any chance of preseason injury, and he also won't miss any game checks from the Rams, who appear determined to stay on Donald's good side by not fining him or taking any other punitive actions.

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Donald has been seeking a long-term contract as one of the NFL's best defensive players.

If the Rams can make some noise at home versus the Colts, even without Andrew Luck playing on the opposite side, they could be in great shape by the time Donald is able to suit up in the near future.

Tanzel Smart, a rookie sixth-round pick, is expected to take Donald's spot as the starting 3-technique lineman, lining up between the left guard and left tackle in base 3-4 sets.

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