Aaron Donald Reports to Rams

Aaron Donald

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His absence won't change the Rams' game plan going into their season opener. Donald has stayed away from the Rams since offseason team activities in May, demanding a new contract after three standout National Football League seasons. Coach Sean McVay ruled him out for the opener Friday.

Donald will not be fined for the missed time during training camp and the preseason by reporting to the team's practice facility to conduct his physical.

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

Donald will be on the Rams' active roster Sunday despite not playing. As expected, Donald is not expected to play tomorrow.

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

Donald has not received a new contract, but the two sides will keep working toward one, the source told Schefter. Donald is one of those players, and they need to get him a contract soon that better suits one of the best players in the NFL.

The 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year is wrecking ball along Los Angeles' defensive front, recording a whopping 163 tackles, 35 tackles for a loss, 28 sacks, and four forced fumbles in just three seasons. The Rams have converted to a new defensive scheme under Wade Phillips. Donald would have lost $106,014 every game he sat out, but it appears he has avoided that outcome.

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