The Rams opened their 1st full week of training camp Monday without DE Aaron Donald. The 4th-year player is holding out in search of a new contract. DT Michael Brockers told the Los Angeles Daily News that teammates are behind him and that Donald promised that he's continuing to workout and will be in shape whenever he reports. IDP owners are already waiting to see how a slight position change might affect Donald's production/value. The potential for a prolonged holdout is more concerning, though. If Donald gets contract resolution soon, he'll return to play under longtime (but new to the Rams) DC Wade Phillips in a scheme that promises continued 1-on-1 matchups. The only ding to Donald's fantasy football value will likely be in leagues that split DEs and DTs. Of course, missing its best player will also be a knock against a Rams D that should present some fantasy upside in 2017.
Rams DE Aaron Donald is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Browns with a back issue. He hurt it against the Saints last week but returned to that game. Donald then put in limited practices all week. Here's what HC Sean McVay said about his status Friday, though, according to Pro Football Talk: “He’s playing. It’s a ‘questionable’ because, really, we’re smart with him. He didn’t do some things, but unless something really unforeseen happens, this guy is going on Sunday night.” So keep Donald in your IDP lineups -- especially for a nice pass-rushing matchup.
Rams DE Aaron Donald left Sunday's game against the Saints with a back injury. He is a questionable to return.
Update: Donald returned in the 2nd quarter.
Rams DE Aaron Donald has finally gotten his new contract. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Donald's 6-year extension includes $135 million in total money and $87 million in guarantees. Donald spent training camp and the preseason holding out each of the past 2 summers. In 2017, he missed the regular-season opener but made the other 14 before a healthy scratch in Week 17. We'll see about his readiness this time around, with 9 days until the season begins.
Pro Football Talk reports that Rams DE Aaron Donald has returned to the team and passed his physical. He will not play Sunday, according to Adam Schefter, but Donald should be ready for IDP lineups in Week 2
The Rams have ruled DE Aaron Donald out for Week 1. It's no surprise, given that he has yet to report. But it officially pushes his holdout into the regular season. Missing Donald obviously hurts the Rams' D. But matching up with the Andrew Luck-less Colts keeps them a strong Week 1 fantasy option
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