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Rams add Aaron Donald to roster

October 16, 2016: Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) during game action between the Los Angeles Rams and the Detroit Lions during a regular season game played at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
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The Los Angeles Rams have officially added defensive tackle Aaron Donald to the active roster ahead of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Washington Redskins. The team also took cornerback Kevin Peterson off their practice squad and placed him on the main roster, with offensive lineman Aaron Neary getting waived as a corresponding move.

Donald had previously been a holdout during the offseason, before reporting to the team just prior to the start of the team’s Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts before being held out. He is playing on the fourth season of his rookie contract, without a new deal in place, but will suit up for the team’s game against the Redskins and enter the starting lineup.

Last season, Donald was named to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season since his arrival in the league. He finished with 47 tackles and eight sacks, while being named First-team All-Pro for the second consecutive campaign.

The Rams selected Donald with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh, where he was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and an unanimous All-American during his senior season. He entered the league and immediately was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, becoming the focal point of the Rams’ defensive front.

For the first time in his career, Donald will not appear in all 16 regular season games. Los Angeles’ defense survived a week without him, dominating the Colts, 46-9 without his services in Week 1.

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