Aaron Donald ends holdout but won't play Week 1

Aaron Donald ends holdout but won't play Week 1

Aaron Donald ends holdout but won't play Week 1

Los Angeles Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald has officially ended his contract holdout.

The 26-year-old is not expected to play in Sunday's season-opening game against the Indianapolis Colts. Get the app and get the game.

Rams fans are surely excited to see what Donald will do under newly appointed defensive coordinator Wade Phillips but will have to wait until at least Week 2 before they see No. 99 back on the field again. Donald had missed all of the preseason holding out for a better contract and is transitioning to DE from DT in a new defensive scheme, but has been working out and should be up to speed soon.

There's no reason that Donald shouldn't be paid well, and the Rams hope to resolve that issue rather quickly with the Rams.

It's yet to be seen how much money Donald will get via the holdout, but the fact that he's reported to the team is an indication that the Rams and Donald's camp are having talks head into the right direction.

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Donald is scheduled to make $1.8 million this year and $6.9 million in 2018 under the terms of his rookie deal.

Donald is among the top defensive players in the sport, recording 28 sacks in three seasons and earning a reputation as both an elite pass-rusher and run-stopper.

By reporting Saturday, Donald avoids losing regular season game checks.

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.

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