Aaron Donald ends holdout, rejoins Rams

Aaron Donald ends holdout, rejoins Rams

Aaron Donald ends holdout, rejoins Rams

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has ended his holdout.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Donald would have lost $106,014 every game he sat out, but it appears he has avoided that outcome.

Donald has not been with Rams since minicamp.

Donald's representatives and the Rams will continue to work towards reaching a new deal, the team reported on their website Saturday.

However, Donald would like a long-term contract to reflect his consistent dominance.

Donald is entering only his fourth NFL season, but he is absolutely playing at the level of the other two best defensive players in the league.

Donald is seeking a deal that would make him the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. 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.

Donald did pass his physical, which PFT reported, but Donald is still at least one week, if not more from being in game shape. The Rams have converted to a new defensive scheme under Wade Phillips. Although he has returned to the team, he will not play in the season opener on Sunday afternoon against the Indianapolis Colts.

Tanzel Smart, a rookie sixth-round pick out of Tulane, is expected to start in Donald's place Sunday against the Colts.

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