As the Rams prepare for the start of the second half of the season, one player is feeling particularly fit.
"I feel good," star defensive lineman Aaron Donald said Friday. "Healthy, fresh."
Donald, of course, sat out offseason workouts and training camp because of a still-unresolved contract dispute. He did not play in the first game, but is back to his usual offense-wrecking self.
Last week against the
Donald said that not participating in training camp enabled him to feel "fresher" at this point in the season than in any of his previous three seasons.
"I ain't got the same aches and bruises anybody else has got," he said.
So absence from training camp worked to his advantage?
"Not taking the pounding on my body," he said. "I guess it was like a gift and curse, not coming."
Donald said he and the defense still have much to improve as the Rams make a push for the playoffs for the first time since 2004. They play the
"I've been sitting here for a couple days now watching Aaron Donald," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said this week. "This guy's one of the best players I've seen."
Donald's contract status continues to loom. He is earning $1.8 million this season and is scheduled to earn about $6.9 million in 2018.
Donald and his agents are believed to be seeking a new deal that would make him the
Donald reiterated that his representatives were handling the situation.
"We going to see at the end of the year, or if something happens, something happens," he said. "If not, we'll see what happens after that."