One week after Aaron Donald ended his four-month contract holdout, the All-Pro defensive lineman probably will go straight into the Los Angeles Rams’ starting lineup.
Most players would struggle with that swift transition. Donald and the Rams know he can do just about anything.
Donald went through his first full practice Wednesday since reporting to the team last weekend, and coach Sean McVay was impressed by his form after missing all of training camp and the preseason. McVay expects Donald to start when the Rams (1-0) host the Washington Redskins on Sunday, although nobody is sure how much he will play.
“I love football, so being away from it definitely was tough,” Donald said. “(The holdout) was a decision I made. The way I chose to handle it was the way I chose to handle it. I’m here now.”
The three-time Pro Bowl tackle is playing for $1.8 million this season after failing to reach agreement with the Rams on a contract that likely would have made him the highest-paid defensive player in football. He declined to elaborate on his rationale for holding out while under contract to the Rams for the next two seasons, or why he ended the holdout one day before the season opener.
“Just business, that’s all,” he said.
But Donald clearly isn’t second-guessing his strategy or its architects: He met reporters while wearing a T-shirt with the logo of his agents’ company, rather than Rams gear. The Rams have said they will continue to…