After recently ending his holdout, Aaron Donald is set to start for the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2 when Sean McVay faces his former team.
Up until opening weekend, it had been a frustrating last couple of weeks for the Los Angeles Rams and their fans while waiting for Aaron Donald to finally put an end to his holdout. And as exciting as it was to see the defensive superstar return the day before the team’s first game of 2017 against the Indianapolis Colts, everybody knows Donald still has a long way to go when it comes to proving he’s in the shape the Rams need him to be in.
Hopefully, it won’t take long for Donald to brush off any rust by showing he’s ready to take advantage of playing in this new phenomenal defense under Wade Phillips. Even on Friday, there was plenty of excitement surrounding Sean McVay announcing that Donald would be starting on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, but how much action he sees on the field is a different story.
In a way, this news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since the last thing Los Angeles and McVay want to do is overwork Donald to a point that puts him at risk to injury. Obviously, that would be great if Donald is in good enough shape where this doesn’t end up being an issue, but with all of the valuable time missed away from training camp and preseason, it’s simply better to be safe than sorry.
Excitement doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling the Rams must have when it comes to seeing the impact this defense is going to have under Phillips with their star player back in the lineup, especially following a strong Week 1 performance against the Colts. As for whether Donald will finally earn that new contract he’s been fighting hard for, only time will tell for the two parties.