Sean McVay confirms DT Aaron Donald to miss Week 1 vs. Colts

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Fantasy Impact Donald is the best player on the Rams and this is huge news for their defense, which has suffered a lot of injuries this preseason.

According to National Football League insider Adam Schefter, Donald reported to the Rams Saturday and took his physical. Coach Sean McVay ruled him out for the opener Friday.

Though the team and Donald's representation have not yet come to terms on a contract extension, both sides will continue to work to reach a solution.

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To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. Playing this season under his rookie contract is a fairly enormous risk, given that kind of earning potential. 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. By reporting this week, he avoided any chance of preseason injury, and he also won't miss any game checks from the Rams, who appear determined to stay on Donald's good side by not fining him or taking any other punitive actions. He has made the Pro Bowl in each of the previous three seasons, and has been named first-team All-Pro in 2015 and 2016. By arriving before the opener, he ensured that he would earn a weekly game check of almost $106,000. The Rams have converted to a new defensive scheme under Wade Phillips.

Tanzel Smart, a rookie sixth-round pick out of Tulane, is expected to start in Donald's place Sunday against the Colts.

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