Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has reported to the Rams facility as of Saturday morning and passed his physical during the team's walk-thru. Los Angeles Rams under new coordinator Wade Philips will play in a 3-4 defense and they are eager to plug Donald into it as soon as possible. Get the app and get the game.
Donald will be on the active roster Sunday, and the Rams are seeking a roster exemption.
Donald has not received a new contract, although the sides are working to "reach a solution" on an extension, the team said. Coach Sean McVay ruled him out for the opener Friday.
Donald is scheduled to make $1.8 million this year and $6.9 million in 2018 under the terms of his rookie deal.
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Donald is widely regarded as one of the top defensive players in the league through his first three campaigns as he leads all defensive tackles with 28.0 sacks and 57.0 tackles for loss over that span.
By reporting Saturday, Donald avoids losing regular season game checks.
It's reasonable to expect Donald to be back on the field in Week 2 against the Redskins, though ProFootballTalk suggests it could be a few weeks before he plays.
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.