Aaron Donald ends holdout after passing physical

Beth Cruz
September 10, 2017

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald ended his holdout Saturday, reporting to the team and passing a physical. The Rams will add Donald to the active roster seeking a roster exemption.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Donald and the Rams have yet to agree to a new contract and will continue negotiations.

There is no deal in place between Donald and the Rams at this time, but the team says the two sides are working to "reach a solution" on an extension. By arriving before the opener, he ensured that he would earn a weekly game check of almost $106,000.

Donald is among the top defensive players in the sport, recording 28 sacks in three seasons and earning a reputation as both an elite pass-rusher and run-stopper.

Despite Donald holding out during training camp and the preseason, it was widely accepted that the former Pittsburgh Panthers star and the All-Pro defensive lineman would not hold out during the regular season.

So ends Donald's almost three-month-long hiatus. However, if the language from the organization is any indication, Los Angeles' most crucial defensive player is in line to receive his mega-deal sooner rather than later.

Had Donald's holdout continued into the regular season, his absence would have cost him something like $106,000 a week, a not-insignificant amount of money for a guy whose base salary is $1.8 million. The Rams have converted to a new defensive scheme under Wade Phillips.

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