In an expected move, Los Angeles has added defensive tackle Aaron Donald to the active roster from his roster exemption, ensuring he’ll play against the Raiders on Monday Night Football.
Donald has been back with the Rams since last Friday, when he signed a six-year extension to keep him under contract with the franchise through 2024. Donald said that day it wouldn’t take him long to get into “football shape,” and head coach Sean McVay seemed to confirm that has been the case by announcing Donald will not have a snap restriction in Week 1.
“He's ready to go. He's not going to be on any limited snap count,” McVay said. “I think he's doing everything in his power to get himself ready. It's been a short time, but this is something he has been through before.”
Donald has impressed his teammates and coaches since he’s been back with the club.
"He's a great addition, there's no doubt about that,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “He came back, he's in tremendous shape. He's ready to go, he's ready to play. We're excited about it. I'm excited about it. Anytime you have a great player like that you try to utilize what he can do, but he can do about anything so we just let him go.”
“A.D. is a pro man. He has been studying the playbook, he’s been watching film — so literally we plugged him in and he did what he was supposed to do,” defensive lineman Michael Brockers said. “So we haven’t skipped a beat, we honestly picked up the tempo having a talent like that on that side of the ball. He’s done a phenomenal job and I think we’ll be ready come Monday.”
As a corresponding roster move, Los Angeles has waived offensive lineman Jamil Demby. The Rams’ roster stands at 53 players.