After ending his holdout last weekend, it looks like the Los Angeles Rams plan on playing Aaron Donald against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
With the way the Los Angeles Rams performed on defense during their 46-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, most fans would have assumed that Aaron Donald was part of the action. But with the defensive superstar officially ending his holdout the day prior to the season opener, the Rams knew they would have to wait at least another week before Donald was able to suit up for the defense.
Believe it or not, it looks like Los Angeles plans on playing Donald for their Week 2 matchup against the Washington Redskins, which is a huge sigh of relief for Wade Phillips and company. However, the main question that remains is what kind of impact Donald will have after missing the entire training camp and preseason due to his holdout.
Then again, Donald has quickly proven he’s a special kind of talent on the defensive side of the football, and if there was any player who was capable looking like his old self despite all of the missed time, it’s him. It was one thing to watch the Rams’ defense put on the electric performance they did against the Colts after returning two interceptions for a touchdown to go along with a safety, but the return of Donald has the potential to take this unit to a whole new level.
Between leading the league in quarterback hits (31) in 2016 to recording 28 sacks over his first three seasons while receiving plenty of extra attention from opponents, it’s clear Donald deserves to be one of the league’s highest paid defensive players. And now that he’s decided to officially end his holdout, it will be interesting to see if there are any contract talks between Donald and the organization moving forward.