Aaron Donald ends holdout but won't play Week 1

Aaron Donald ends holdout, won't play in Rams opener

Report: LA Rams DT Aaron Donald has ended his holdout, but there's still an issue

Donald will not play in Sunday's test against the Indianapolis Colts, but has been working out on the east coast and "could be up to speed soon", NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

"He is not ruled out, but right now he's not here", Rams coach Sean McVay told TheRams.com. The defensive tackle was absent for much of the Rams' offseason program, and then did not report to training camp as negotiations were ongoing.

Donald has been an instant star from the moment the Rams selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft.

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However, it appears it has come to an end after the 26-year-old has reported to the team's practice facility on Saturday where he passed a physical without a new deal in place. As expected, Donald is not expected to play tomorrow. Currently, he's scheduled to make just $1.802 million, a bargain for the Rams but a pittance for a player of Donald's caliber. Even the Rams agree that the rookie scale contract isn't reflective of Donald's status as one of the NFL's most effective players at any position. He has made the Pro Bowl in each of the previous three seasons, and has been named first-team All-Pro in 2015 and 2016.

For the last several weeks, the Los Angeles Rams have had the cloud of star defensive tackle Aaron Donald holding out in favor of landing a new long-term deal. The Rams have converted to a new defensive scheme under Wade Phillips.

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