Aaron Donald may not play in game until October

Posted September 10, 2017

Fantasy Impact Donald is the best player on the Rams and this is huge news for their defense, which has suffered a lot of injuries this preseason.

Donald and the Rams have no yet agreed on an extension, but Schefter reports that the two sides will continue to discuss a potential deal.

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Rams fans are surely excited to see what Donald will do under newly appointed defensive coordinator Wade Phillips but will have to wait until at least Week 2 before they see No. 99 back on the field again.

"He is not ruled out, but right now he's not here", Rams coach Sean McVay told TheRams.com.

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The 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year is wrecking ball along Los Angeles' defensive front, recording a whopping 163 tackles, 35 tackles for a loss, 28 sacks, and four forced fumbles in just three seasons. Donald had missed all of the preseason holding out for a better contract and is transitioning to DE from DT in a new defensive scheme, but has been working out and should be up to speed soon.

Donald did pass his physical, which PFT reported, but Donald is still at least one week, if not more from being in game shape. "But in the meantime we've got to get ready to play a football game and we know the Colts are getting ready as well".

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Tanzel Smart, a rookie sixth-round pick, is expected to take Donald's spot as the starting 3-technique lineman, lining up between the left guard and left tackle in base 3-4 sets.