Los Angeles Rams: Sean McVay seems confident Aaron Donald could play Week 1

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All of a sudden, Sean McVay seems pretty confident in the Los Angeles Rams getting a deal done with Aaron Donald soon enough where he could possibly play Week 1.

Over the last couple of months, Los Angeles Rams fans have been more than patient when it comes to waiting for the organization to reward Aaron Donald with a hefty new contract after working his way into becoming one of the league’s top defensive players.

After seeing what took place last summer, many expected the Rams would have been able to avoid another situation in which Donald ended up holding out all of training camp and preseason, but here they are once again.

Instead of Donald preparing with the rest of his teammates for a tough Week 1 battle on the road against the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles is still wondering whether their defensive superstar will show up beforehand.

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It sounds crazy to think about the possibility of Donald’s holding out lasting into the regular season, but all along, he’s made it clear that the only way to get him to show up is if there’s a new contract agreement.

With that being said, there were reports last week about the Rams and Donald being on the verge of what would have been a record setting contract, which obviously never happened since it’s the day before the preseason finale with no deal official.

However, when listening to comments made by Sean McVay on Tuesday about Donald’s contract situation, the Rams head coach seemed a little bit more excited about the possibility of an agreement finally taking place.

Between McVay not holding back his excitement during Tuesday’s press conference to a “see you soon, buddy” comment that was directed at Donald, maybe the Rams are on the verge of reaching an agreement after all.

However, once again, this is a situation in which it’s tough to believe anything until a deal is officially in place since these negotiations seem to have been going on since last summer. But if the two parties were able to finally reach an agreement within the next couple of days, it seems more realistic that Donald would be able to suit up for Los Angeles during that first game against Oakland in front of a national audience on Monday night.

As Myles Simmons pointed out, there was something different about the way McVay discussed the Donald situation on Tuesday, as if he were excited about what could be happening sooner rather than later.

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Only time will tell when it comes to seeing how this whole situation plays out, but with Week 1 right around the corner, the Rams don’t have much time to get this thing done with Donald to avoid the holdout extend into the regular season.