Aaron Donald unlikely to return this season, McVay says

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – Aaron Donald is unlikely to return to defense for the Los Angeles Rams this season.

Donald will miss his fourth straight game with a high ankle sprain on Sunday when the Rams (4-10) host the Denver Broncos.

Coach Sean McVay admitted Friday that his seven-time All-Pro lineman and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year is unlikely to play in the last two meaningless games of the Rams’ disastrous Super Bowl title defense.

“He hasn’t been released yet, and I don’t know if that’s going to change in the next few weeks,” McVay said.

Donald, 31, had never missed a game through injury in his NFL career prior to this disappointing end to his ninth season. He has a career-low five sacks in 11 games but was still named to his ninth Pro Bowl this week.

The Rams lost all but a mathematical hope of playoff contention during their recent six-game losing streak, yet they had been reluctant to rule Donald out for the season despite the apparent severity of his injury. Donald was apparently keen to try and return even for meaningless games with the Rams, who tied the 1999 Denver Broncos for the most losses by a defending champion in NFL history.

“Obviously he’s a guy who’s earned the right to talk to him,” McVay said of Donald before shunning him.

McVay has made similar statements in recent weeks about Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp, who also sustained a severe ankle sprain last month, and quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has spinal cord bruises. While neither is firmly ruled out for the season, it’s highly unlikely either will play in the Rams’ final three games.

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