Rams' Aaron Donald Ends Contract Holdout, Won't Play In Week 1


Coach Sean McVay ruled him out for the opener Friday. Donald had missed all of the preseason holding out for a better contract and is transitioning to DE from DT in a new defensive scheme, but has been working out and should be up to speed soon. The Rams agreed that Donald deserved a pay raise after just three standout seasons, and they held months of civil negotiations with the star's representatives.

It's yet to be seen how much money Donald will get via the holdout, but the fact that he's reported to the team is an indication that the Rams and Donald's camp are having talks head into the right direction. It seems all is forgiven though, because the Rams have waived all fines levied against Donald, and he will be paid for Week 1, despite not playing. 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. The defensive star is one of the best players in the National Football League but a contract dispute with his team.

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Donald has not been with Rams since minicamp.

Andrew Luck's injury situation leaves a lot of questions for the Colts under center, and it'll be interesting to see who they want to utilize throughout the game if things don't get going fast enough early on against a young Rams team. The bad news is that he isn't expected to play in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.