Los Angeles Rams: 3 ways they have failed Aaron Donald

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The Los Angeles Rams are business as usual, even as Aaron Donald remains away from the team, with no one knowing when or how this all ends.

With the Los Angeles Rams getting ready to play Week 3 of the NFL preseason, their best defensive player remains away from the team, defying every report and website that has speculated Aaron Donald and the organization were on the verge of an imminent reconciliation.

Still, fans wait as the 2018 NFL regular season opener for Los Angeles gets closer each passing day.

How did the Rams get here?

Well, you could make a very good argument that LA planted the seeds to make Donald a non-issue going back to March, when they went on a shopping spree during NFL free agency. That’s when the Rams added players like Marcus Peters. Aqib Talib, and the biggest fish of all, and faux replacement for Donald, Ndamukong Suh.

They also added wide receiver Brandin Cooks, another weapon in an already potent Rams offense for the 2017 NFL Coach of the Year, Sean McVay.

Immediately thereafter, Los Angeles vaulted to the top of every fan and analysts list of potential and even likely Super Bowl favorite.

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With two weeks to go in the exhibition season, a lot of those aspirations still exist for the Rams, even if Donald doesn’t show up in the locker room anytime soon.

Did the Rams effectively make AD irrelevant on an absolutely loaded team?

One thing worth noting is no one seems to know when or if this resolves soon. Meanwhile, it’s business as usual in Los Angeles, whether Donald is there or not.