Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has reported to the Rams facility as of Saturday morning and passed his physical during the team's walk-thru. The Rams will add Donald to the active roster seeking a roster exemption.
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.
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 same situation arose past year when then-San Diego Chargers rookie defensive end, Joey Bose, was a long hold out and missed action when the regular season got underway.
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Had Donald's holdout continued into the regular season, his absence would have cost him something like $106,000 a week, a not-insignificant amount of money for a guy whose base salary is $1.8 million.
Donald will also be paid for Week 1; he would have forfeited his first game check had he not returned before Sunday's kickoff.
He is still playing under a rookie contract, and clearly felt that he deserved more. Give Donald a few practice sessions and it won't be long until he's getting after quarterbacks and blowing up plays in the backfield as one of the best defenders in the NFL.
Donald missed the Rams' entire training camp under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who is eager to plug Donald into the center of his 3-4 defense.