Aaron Donald was listed as “Untrained” for the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday October 13th.
No, it wasn’t on a designated veteran’s day off. This is because the all-pro defensive lineman and the newest bag handler of all time is struggling with some reported swellings.
Donald, as noted by ESPN Rams reporter Lindsey ThiryHe hit his knee during the Rams’ 26-17 away win against a Seattle Seahawks player on Thursday October 7th.
About Jourdan Rodrigue from The Athletic, Donald is listed as daily However, he is expected to attract in Sunday’s week 6 matchup against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
The 6-foot-1,280-pounder is not expected to be on crutches, let alone sidelined, for this upcoming game against the Giants.
And that means Donald will have one consecutive streak in tow in East Rutherford, New Jersey: consecutive starts.
Including the playoffs, Donald started 59 games in a row, going back to the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons on January 6, 2018. Donald has not yet missed an action due to injury or idle play.
The game on Sunday marks its 60th start in a row.
According to the American Football Database, former Minnesota Viking Jim Marshall holds the NFL defensive lineman record for most consecutive starts with 270 between 1961 and 1979. For defensive tackles, another Viking Alan Page holds the best mark with 215 straight starts.
In addition to the starts, the 30-year-old Donald has another advantage over the Giants: successive victories over the franchise.
After starting his career with a 2-0 start against NYG, Donald has now led the Rams to two straight wins against NFC East opponents. This also includes last season’s 17: 9 defense fight in front of a fanless SoFi stadium. Donald once fired quarterback Daniel Jones and pursued him in five quarterback rushes.
Former Rams Defensive Coordinator Brandon Staley placed him in various spots on the line. According to Pro Football Focus, Donald positioned himself as the defensive end on 35 plays over the tackle, slipped into the “B” gap on 12 defensive snaps and pulled out on 11 plays.
In four games against the Giants, Donald has compiled the following statistics per Pro Football Reference: nine tackles, seven solo stops, five QB hits, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
This time the defense of Donald and the Rams will face a protection from the Giants that allowed five sacks. Left Tackle Nate Solder gave in the most bags on the team with two. So it’s more than likely that Donald will be put on Solder’s side to test the 32-year-old.
Rams head coach Sean McVay revealed the extent of cornerback Darious Williams’ ankle injury.
“I see it as three weeks,” said McVay when the Rams put Williams on injury reserve. “That’s why we went back and forth, because he was fine, it will probably take two weeks, could be close to coming back for the third game. But I assume that it will be back after these three weeks if it develops as we expect. “
Before his injury, Williams played 58 defensive games in a nine-point road win at Lumen Field. It was targeted on three passes but only allowed two catches for 17 yards while covering three different Seahawk weapons in Tyler Lockett, Will Dissly and Freddie Swain. The Pro Bowl WR Lockett failed to catch Williams on the one pass thrown in his direction.
Platzkicker Matt Gay (ankle) was limited during the Wednesday session. Veterans Andrew Whitworth and Terrell Lewis both took veteran days off.
“I see it as three weeks,” said McVay when the Rams put Williams on injury reserve. “That’s why we went back and forth, because he was fine, it will probably take two weeks, could be close to coming back for the third game. But I assume that after these three weeks it will be back if it develops as we expect. “