Aaron Donald reports to Rams, still won't play Week 1

Aaron Donald reports to Rams, still won't play Week 1”

The good news for the Los Angeles Rams is that Aaron Donald is back with the team.

Donald will not play in Sunday's season opener against Indianapolis at the Coliseum, but he did pass his physical Saturday, so presumably Donald will be on the field when the Rams resume practice next week.

The Colts have definitely improved their defensive line this offseason, but the Rams may have matched that improvement along their offensive line with some shrewd acquisitions themselves.

Head coach Sean McVay stated on Wednesday that he believes the season opener will give the organization their first real chance to evaluate where Goff is in his development.

Like all of us at home Chuck Pagano was helpless to stop the rout in LA
Like all of us at home Chuck Pagano was helpless to stop the rout in LA

There is no deal in place between Donald and the Rams at this time, but the team says the two sides are working to "reach a solution" on an extension. His base salary in 2017 ($1.8 million) ranks 31st among all defensive tackles, according to Spotrac, and his base salary in 2018 ($6.9 million) ranks 13th. Playing this season under his rookie contract is a fairly enormous risk, given that kind of earning potential.

Donald, 26, was the 13 pick in the 2014 National Football League draft.

Donald will be on the active roster Sunday, and the Rams are seeking a roster exemption.

Tanzel Smart, a rookie sixth-round pick, is expected to take Donald's spot as the starting 3-technique lineman, lining up between the left guard and left tackle in base 3-4 sets.

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