Aaron Donald has ended his holdout and cleared physical with LA

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The Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman showed up to the team's facility Saturday afternoon after a preseason-long absence. 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.

Donald will not play in Sunday's season opener against Indianapolis at the Coliseum, but he did pass his physical Saturday, so presumably Donald will be on the field when the Rams resume practice next week.

While he has reported, Donald will not play against the Colts on Sunday.

Donald is entering only his fourth NFL season, but he is absolutely playing at the level of the other two best defensive players in the league. In the process, he has incurred $1.4 million in fines, but Pro Football Talk reports that the Rams have made a decision to waive all fines and that Donald will not lose signing bonus money. This news was first reported by Pro Football Talk.

If he didn't report to the Rams, Donald would have lost over $106,000 a week, he would have to forfeit $711,000 part of his signing bonus. He is scheduled to make $1.8 million in 2017 and $6.9 million next season after the Rams picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal. Here's how they have gotten off to slow starts.

The Rams host Washington next weekend, and McVay has said Donald will play whenever he is able to contribute, even if it isn't on every snap.

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