Aaron Donald ends holdout, still won’t play Sunday

Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald has ended his holdout just ahead of Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. However, the defensive lineman will reportedly still not play in Week 1, and Pro Football Talk reports he might not be ready for up to two weeks.

Regardless, this is huge news for the Rams. Donald had reportedly threatened to hold out the entire season as he attempted to negotiate with the team for a new contract. Not surprisingly, the team has waived all fines, and Donald will not lose bonus money.

In his first three seasons as a pro, the former Pittsburgh standout has racked up 28 sacks and 164 total tackles. He’s universally regarded as one of the best — if not the best — defensive tackles in the NFL. His ability to bring heat and shoot gaps on both running and passing plays is unrivaled for the position he plays.

Hopefully now that he’s back with the team Donald can get into football shape sooner, rather than later. Based on some offseason footage he shared, it’s likely he will.