Aaron Donald ends holdout, reports to Rams without new deal

Taylor Byrd
September 10, 2017

The Los Angeles Rams received some good news on the eve of their season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Donald has ended his holdout, showed up at the Rams' facility and took his physical according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Though the team and Donald's representation have not yet come to terms on a contract extension, both sides will continue to work to reach a solution.

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

It didn't seem like it was going to happen anytime soon, but things might actually be getting better between Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams. Through three seasons, he has 28 sacks and four forced fumbles, emerging as one of the league's best interior pass rushers.

Donald stayed away from the Rams starting in May, holding out through offseason team activities, training camp and the entire preseason while attempting to get a lucrative new contract.

But as the preseason wore on, Donald gave no public indication that he would report. The Rams have converted to a new defensive scheme under Wade Phillips.

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-rounder out of Tulane, is listed as the starter in Donald's position on the Rams' Week 1 depth chart.

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