Aaron Donald will be inactive for the Los Angeles Rams’ game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, his fourth consecutive game due to an ankle injury.
In addition to missing Sunday’s game against the Broncos, Rams head coach Sean McVay stated that Donald is unlikely to play again this season.
Donald suffered a high ankle sprain against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12. The Rams left the door open for him to return, but with the team out of playoff contention, there’s no reason to risk putting him back on the field.
The last four games have been Donald’s first four missed due to injury in his career. In 11 starts this season, the All-Pro interior defender is expected to finish with 49 combined tackles, 10 tackles for loss, a career-low five sacks, and a forced fumble.
Despite missing the previous four games, Donald was selected to his ninth consecutive Pro Bowl to begin his career. Even though his sack totals were not spectacular, he continued to wreck havoc in the interior this season.
After rumours of Donald retiring surfaced last offseason before he signed a lucrative extension, those rumours are likely to resurface this offseason as he turns 32 in May. While retirement is an option for the seven-time All-Pro, he will have proven that he is still arguably the best defensive player in the NFL when he returns to the field in 2021.