Rams star Aaron Donald ends holdout, returns to team without new contract


He's still not expected to play on Sunday against the Colts.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Rams waived $1.49 million in fines when Donald passed his physical and rejoined the team. The exemption would allow Donald to be paid while not forcing the Rams to cut someone else to get down to 53 players.

It simply means Donald has reported to the team and won't continue to hold out for a lucrative long-term deal.

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"He is not ruled out, but right now he's not here", Rams coach Sean McVay told TheRams.com. Although he has returned to the team, he will not play in the season opener on Sunday afternoon against the Indianapolis Colts. Under his rookie deal, Donald will make $1.8 million this year and $6.9 million next year. The defensive star is one of the best players in the National Football League but a contract dispute with his team. By reporting this week, he avoided any chance of preseason injury, and he also won't miss any game checks from the Rams, who appear determined to stay on Donald's good side by not fining him or taking any other punitive actions.

It's reasonable to expect Donald to be back on the field in Week 2 against the Redskins, though ProFootballTalk suggests it could be a few weeks before he plays. Donald is one of those players, and they need to get him a contract soon that better suits one of the best players in the NFL.