The late arrival means that Donald will not be on the field when the Rams begin the season Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It seems all is forgiven though, because the Rams have waived all fines levied against Donald, and he will be paid for Week 1, despite not playing.
There is no deal in place between Donald and the Rams at this time, but the team says the two sides are working to "reach a solution" on an extension. The franchise is expected to receive a roster exemption from the National Football League that will allow them to pay Donald without cutting a player from their 53-man roster before Monday.More news: Terror funding case: NIA raids houses of two separatists in Kashmir
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Donald, who is in the fourth year of his rookie contract, is set to earn around $1.8 million this season. Even the Rams agree that the rookie scale contract isn't reflective of Donald's status as one of the NFL's most effective players at any position. He has accrued 28 sacks and been voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons. Coach Sean McVay said Friday that Donald "won't be a part of this [week's] game".
But as the preseason wore on, Donald gave no public indication that he would report. 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. The Rams have converted to a new defensive scheme under Wade Phillips.