It has been eight days since Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald ended his holdout. Now it’s over, this Sunday sees the player not only playing but he’ll also be starting.
When asked what’s the situation with Donald? Coach Sean McVay told reporters on Friday: “He will start.”
“The situation is that we feel good,” McVay expanded: “He had a good week of practice and as far as how we approach that game, that’s something that we’ll figure out in the next 48 hours. But he’s going to go unless something changes between then. The snap count and how many plays he plays is yet to be determined.”
It sounds to us at RedZone that there is a touch of doubt that could keep Donald from playing despite the coach declaring: “he will start.”
McVay also told the press: “[H]e came in in good shape, he’s looked good, looks fresh, looks like the Aaron Donald that you guys are accustomed to seeing and that’s kind of what I expected because you know he’s a guy that’s going to take great care of himself when he’s away,” McVay said. “He was working hard, he was doing everything that he could while not being here to make sure that when this opportunity presented itself, he would be ready to go and help his teammates out and try to be a positive thing that helps us win football games and that’s certainly what he’s done this week. I’m looking forward to seeing him get out there and compete with his teammates on Sunday.”
It has been said that Donald won’t play until he gets a new contract. Maybe the two parties will agree something before Sunday. If it does, it’s pretty safe to say Aaron Donald will definitely be making his presence known in Week Two.