Sean McVay: “Safe to say” Aaron Donald won’t play this week

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When discussing defensive tackle Aaron Donald‘s ongoing holdout earlier this week, Rams coach Sean McVay said he wasn’t ready to rule Donald out of the team’s Week One game against the Colts.

That was in line with McVay’s routine optimism about getting Donald back despite the lack of progress toward the new deal that Donald wants from the team and his offseason-long no-show for team activities. On Friday, though, McVay finally let the cat out of the invisible bag.

“It’s safe to say he won’t be a part of this game,” McVay said, via Joe Curley of the Ventura County Star.

Rookie Tanzel Smart is set to start at defensive tackle along with Michael Brockers this weekend and for however long it takes for the Rams to work out a way to get their top defensive player back into the fold.

8 responses to “Sean McVay: “Safe to say” Aaron Donald won’t play this week

  1. Like everyone else, I think that Donald is a top notch player. Hard to disagree… at the same time, he’s NOT the Michael Jordon of interior defensive lineman. Put your cleats on and show up to work.

  2. The Rams could end up having Aaron earning enough fines that he will end up paying the Rams to come back.

    I hope the Rams send the rest of the NFL prima donnas notice – you jerks cannot extort your way to a new contract when you are under contract.

    Break Aaron! Make this guy an example!

  3. Why would he play with that group? Seriously, AD goes back to Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh and gains 60 pounds. Sits out until the Rams have to trade him. What franchise could be worst to play out your career than the Rams? The Browns, Jags, or Jets? Possibly, but they will pay him what he’s worth not look for a Walmart discount.

  4. Rams will have a well below average pass rush with Donald up front, they don’t have any other d linemen who rush the passer and their OLBs aren’t all that great anymore.

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