THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald is unlikely to return to the Los Angeles Rams’ protection this season.
Donald will miss his fourth straight recreation with a excessive ankle sprain Sunday when the Rams (4-10) host the Denver Broncos.
Coach Sean McVay admitted Friday that his seven-time All-Professional lineman and three-time NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr isn’t anticipated to play within the last two meaningless video games of the Rams’ disastrous Tremendous Bowl title protection.
“He’s not cleared but, and I don’t know that I see that altering within the subsequent couple of weeks,” McVay mentioned.
The 31-year-old Donald had by no means missed a recreation on account of injury in his NFL profession earlier than this disappointing finish to his ninth season. He has a career-low 5 sacks in 11 video games, however was nonetheless named to his ninth Professional Bowl this week.
The Rams misplaced all however a mathematical hope of playoff competition throughout their current six-game shedding streak, but they’d been reluctant to rule out Donald for the season regardless of the apparent seriousness of his injury. Donald apparently had been eager about trying to return even for meaningless video games with the Rams, who’ve matched the 1999 Denver Broncos for probably the most losses in NFL historical past by a defending champ.
“Clearly, he’s a man that has actually earned the proper the place you discuss to him” earlier than ruling him out, McVay mentioned of Donald.
McVay has made related statements in earlier weeks about Tremendous Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp, who additionally incurred a excessive ankle sprain final month, and quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has bruising on his spinal cord. Though each are usually not firmly dominated out for the season, each are extremely unlikely to play within the Rams’ last three video games.
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