Rams won’t discuss Aaron Donald punishment for Bengals brawl

Any disciplinary action taken against Aaron Donald or other Rams players for their role in a brawl that ended joint practice with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday will be handled internally, a team spokesman said Friday.

The Rams trained with the Bengals on Wednesday with only minor tussles. However, Thursday’s practice included several skirmishes before one erupted into a helmet-wielding brawl.

A video appears to show Donald holding a Bengals helmet as he fell to the ground.

Under NFL rules, teams — not the league — are responsible for maintaining discipline for behavior during practice.

The Rams and Bengals play their final preseason game at Paycor Stadium on Saturday. It’s the last chance for rookies and others to make their case for being part of the 53-man roster, which has to be finalized by 1 p.m. PT Tuesday.

Rams coach Sean McVay doesn’t play starters or other key players in the preseason games, meaning many of the participants in Thursday’s brawl won’t play on Saturday.

Five areas to watch:

Will there be another fight? It seems unlikely. The NFL has control over the rules of conduct during games. Expect everyone to be at their best on the field and on the touchline.

Can quarterback John Wolford play with an injured right thumb? Wolford did not train on Thursday after picking up the injury on Wednesday.

Last week, Wolford played extensive game footage against the Houston Texans for the first time since 2020. He led the Rams to two field goals in the first half.
Wolford could use a good performance against the Bengals to cement his role as Matthew Stafford’s backup.

Will quarterback Bryce Perkins do enough to rise to No. 2 on the depth chart? With his strong performance against the Chargers and Texans, Perkins has probably secured a spot in the opening game roster for the second straight year.

But why stop there?

With Wolford out on Thursday, Perkins capitalized on an extended opportunity and performed very well. If Perkins has another strong game, he’ll give McVay something to think about.

Rams wide receiver Lance McCutcheon (82) takes part in practice.

With Van Jefferson on the mend, rookie receiver Lance McCutcheon appears to have a very good chance of making the Rams roster.

(Ashley Landis/Associated Press)

Will receiver Lance McCutcheon join the roster? McCutcheon, an undrafted Montana free agent, has three things in his favor.

He made several impressive games against the Chargers and Texans. Starting receiver Van Jefferson’s status for the opening game is in doubt as he recovers from knee surgery that could force the Rams to carry more receivers. The Rams probably don’t want to risk another team claiming McCutcheon.

A strong performance against the Bengals will likely leave the Rams with no choice but to keep him in the opening game roster.

Will running back Kyren Williams provide a spark? Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson have been nursing injuries, so Williams took on first-team representatives last week and McVay has said the rookie will make his debut when they take on the Bengals.

But will McVay pull through? Williams has shown throughout training that he can be valuable as a runner and receiver.

Are rookie cornerbacks Decobie Durant and Derion Kendrick ready to contribute? Durant and Kendrick each played more snaps against the Texans than against the Chargers.

Durant broke up a pass, forced a fumble and was credited with a sack. Kendrick recovering from a fumble.

They’re trying to land roles in a secondary that includes cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Troy Hill, David Long and Robert Rochell.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-08-26/rams-aaron-donald-bengals-brawl-punishment-preseason-game Rams won’t discuss Aaron Donald punishment for Bengals brawl

Emma Bowman

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