Rams’ Aaron Donald to miss 1st game of career due to injury

Seven-time All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald will miss a game for the first time in his NFL career through injury when his Rams host Seattle on Sunday.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Seven-time All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald will miss a game for the first time in his NFL career through injury when his Los Angeles Rams host Seattle on Sunday.

Donald sprained a high ankle after the Rams’ loss to Kansas City last Sunday, and Los Angeles coach Sean McVay ruled him out Wednesday.

Donald sprained his ankle in the first quarter against the Chiefs but continued to play on it, McVay said. He doesn’t need surgery, but his Ironman streak will end after 86 straight games since the 2017 regular-season finale.

“That’s what makes Aaron, Aaron,” McVay said. “He’s incredible. Being able to play through that, the heaviness, everything he embodies is what you love.”

Donald has missed just two games in his nine-year NFL career, both in 2017. He sat out the Rams’ season opener the day after his contract ended and sat out the Finals to rest for the playoffs.

Donald has five sacks in 11 games this year, the slowest pace of his career, but he remains the anchor of a solid Los Angeles defense that has comfortably outperformed its struggling offense all season.

“So much of it is built around him,” McVay said. “He really is one of a kind. They don’t replace someone like him. Guys are asked to step up and (and we) have faith in those guys but I think Aaron’s CV speaks for itself, the way he works, the way he brings others with him, so it’s a big loss.”

While McVay has repeatedly said he’s not ready to shut down all of the Rams’ key players for the final weeks of what is almost certainly a lost season, injuries are making the decisions for him. The defending Super Bowl champion (3-8) will be looking to score a five-game sled with a badly depleted roster against the Seahawks.

Top receivers Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson are injured, along with much of the offensive line. McVay also confirmed that Matthew Stafford most likely won’t play. Stafford is still on the concussion log after missing two of the last three games, although the Rams have yet to confirm if Stafford ever actually had a concussion.

McVay said quarterbacks John Wolford and Bryce Perkins are both available for practice this week after Wolford sat out the game against the Chiefs with a neck injury.

The coach wouldn’t say which quarterback will start or play more against the Seahawks, but he has previously hinted that both could see action in the game, as they have in previous instances without Stafford. Both quarterbacks will play behind an offensive line that is missing several starters and backups due to injuries.

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