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Aaron Donald | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/23/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 280
College: Pittsburgh
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (13) / LAR
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Rams activated DT Aaron Donald from the exempt list.
This was fully expected. Donald has only a week of practice after holding out of training camp, but will start against the Redskins. Rams DC Wade Phillips said Donald could play limited snaps. Sep 16 - 4:12 PM

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Rams DC Wade Phillips suggested DT Aaron Donald could be on a "pitch count" against the Redskins in Week 2.

Donald only has three practices under his belt after holding out all of training camp and it sounds like the Rams will limit his exposure in his season debut Sunday against Washington. Despite the long layoff, Donald has impressed in practice this week and should be back at full speed before long.
Sep 15 - 1:28 PM

Rams DT Aaron Donald returned to practice on Wednesday.

He ended his holdout over the weekend and is expected to make his season debut Sunday against Washington. Donald's garnered PFF's No. 1 defensive tackle grade in 2016 while earning All-Pro status for the second straight year.
Sep 13 - 5:09 PM

Coach Sean McVay said he's confident Aaron Donald will be ready to play against Washington in Week 2.

He reported to the team on Saturday and has already passed his physical, so there's no reason to think the Rams won't have their best defensive player. The Rams were the first team in NFL history to record two interception-return touchdowns and a safety in a season opener, so the bar will be pretty high after their impressive win.
Sep 11 - 8:11 PM

Profootballtalk reports DT Aaron Donald has reported to the Rams.

Donald passed his physical after sitting out training camp, but won't play against the Colts this week. It's a surprise after most reports expected Donald to hold out into the regular season. The Rams haven't made much progress on Donald's extension, but talks could heat up now that he's back with the team. Donald has a chance to return on a limited snap count in Week 2.
Sep 9 - 2:21 PM

Rams coach Sean McVay admitted holdout DT Aaron Donald is unlikely to play Week 1 against the Colts.

"It's safe to say he won't be part of this game," said McVay. The Rams touched base with Donald's representatives last week but obviously they didn't make any headway in contract talks. The star DT remains out indefinitely.
Sep 8 - 3:12 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Rams holdout DT Aaron Donald is expected to miss Week 1.

As Schefter notes, this is not a surprise, but coach Sean McVay was holding out hope of a return earlier this week. Schefter reports there has been "no recent progress" in contract talks. This holdout looks like it will last a while.
Sep 7 - 12:23 PM

Rams coach Sean McVay would not rule out Aaron Donald for Week 1.

"But right now he’s not here," McVay quickly added. "Guys are ready to go and we’re getting a plan in place and the preparation goes on." It is stunning the Rams are playing hardball with their best player, but it now looks like Donald's holdout will stretch into the regular season.
Source: therams.com
Sep 5 - 9:15 AM

Rams coach Sean McVay said he's "optimistic" on holdout DT Aaron Donald's status.

The Rams recently met with Donald's agents, but there's been nothing to suggest his return is close. Donald skipped all of training camp and is threatening to extend his holdout into the regular season. With only a week before the opener, the Rams are running out of time to extend Donald.
Sep 2 - 7:56 PM

According to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez, members of the Rams' front office flew to Atlanta Wednesday to meet with Aaron Donald's representatives at CAA.

Per Gonzalez, Donald's return is not imminent and the two sides simply met to "keep the dialogue going." Donald has held out all of camp in pursuit of a new contract. It's unclear if he'll resurface ahead of next week's opener against the Colts.
Sep 1 - 1:38 PM

Rams coach Sean McVay said the situation with Aaron Donald (holdout) is "where it's been the last couple weeks."

In other words, there has not been any progress, and McVay said the team has not "received any word" on if Donald will end his holdout before the season. "Right now, that dialogue is ongoing," McVay said. "That’s something that we’re working through to try and get figured out as soon as possible. If we do, we’ll be excited about that and if not, we’ve got to be ready to adjust and move forward." The coach added the team is "optimistic and hopeful," but this situation looks like it has a real chance to stretch into the regular season.
Aug 28 - 9:59 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Rams DT Aaron Donald is threatening to extend his holdout into the regular season.

One source tells Schefter Donald could hold out the entire season. That's extremely unlikely, but speaks to a negotiating process that's currently going nowhere. Donald is ready to play hardball. The Rams' season kicks off in 24 days.
Aug 17 - 1:36 PM

Rams GM Les Snead said there hasn't been "any movement" in contract negotiations with Aaron Donald.

Donald has been holding out for two weeks, and there does not appear to be an end in sight. One of the best players in the league, the Rams need to have him on the field by the start of the season if they want to improve on last year's 4 wins.
Source: ESPN
Aug 12 - 11:47 AM

Rams DT Aaron Donald has yet to arrive at training camp.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Rams players were due at camp by 11 AM PST for their conditioning tests, but so far Donald has been a no-show. It's no surprise as Donald has been hinting at a holdout for weeks in hopes of a new contract. The two-time All-Pro surely deserves a raise but the Rams may be hesitant to give him one with two years left on his rookie deal.
Jul 28 - 2:08 PM

Rams GM Les Snead is uncertain if DT Aaron Donald will report to training camp or hold out.

Snead took a conciliatory tone, saying if Donald held out it's something the Rams would "(have) to respect." He added it's a "complicated situation," and that the sides are "working toward finding a solution." Donald is under team control for two more years, but the fifth-year team option is guaranteed for injury only in 2018. One of the league's three best defensive players, Donald isn't going to wait any longer to get paid. Donald turned 26 in May.
Jul 27 - 2:46 PM

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