Rams Donald ends holdout, but will not play Sunday against Colts

Rachel Hardy
September 10, 2017

Fantasy Impact Donald is the best player on the Rams and this is huge news for their defense, which has suffered a lot of injuries this preseason.

The late arrival means that Donald will not be on the field when the Rams begin the season Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Rams star defensive lineman still has two years remaining on his rookie contract with the team picking up his fifth-year option this offseason, but Los Angeles' general manager Les Snead has repeatedly stated this offseason that their goal is to make Donald a Ram for a long time.

Donald has not been with Rams since minicamp.

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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.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. 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. The defensive star is one of the best players in the National Football League but a contract dispute with his team. The quicker Donald can line up against opposing linemen, the sooner Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme can be truly implemented and reach its full potential in La La Land.

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.

The Rams host Washington next weekend, and McVay has said Donald will play whenever he is able to contribute, even if it isn't on every snap.

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