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Aaron Donald to start Sunday

October 16, 2016: Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) rushes during game action between the Los Angeles Rams and the Detroit Lions during a regular season game played at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire)
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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay has revealed that defensive lineman Aaron Donald will start this Sunday for the team’s Week 2 matchup against the Washington Redskins, via Adam Schefter of ESPN. However, McVay did not specify how many snaps Donald would play or if he would even be on a limit at all.

Donald notably ended his lengthy holdout with the Rams this week and returned to practice for the first time this offseason.

The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Pittsburgh, was originally selected by the Rams in the first round (13th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Donald immediately became a star upon entering the NFL, racking up 47 total tackles, nine sacks and a pair of forced fumbles en route to making the Pro Bowl during his rookie campaign. The following year, Donald was even better, finishing with 69 tackles, 11 sacks and a fumble recovery. He not only made another trip to the annual event, but he was also named as a first team All-Pro selection for his efforts.

Last season, the Pittsburgh native totaled 47 total stops, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and five passes defended. Once again, Donald made the Pro Bowl and was named as a first team All-Pro selection.

Los Angeles is coming off of a dominant 46-9 Week 1 win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Rams are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign. They have not posted a winning season since that year.

Los Angeles will host the Redskins this Sunday at 4;25 p.m. Eastern Time.



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