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Six Rams players are voted to Associated Press All-Pro team

After asking Rams players midway through the season what it meant to be 6-2 in one word, The Times' Lindsey Thiry follows up asking them to do it again to describe finishing 11-5 and playoff football.

The Rams led the NFL in scoring this season — and they also led the league in All-Pro players.

Running back Todd Gurley, left tackle Andrew Whitworth, defensive lineman Aaron Donald, kicker Greg Zuerlein, punter Johnny Hekker and kick returner Pharoh Cooper were voted to the Associated Press All-Pro team released Friday.

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The voting was based on 50 ballots from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league. Los Angeles Times reporters do not vote.

Gurley is in the NFL most valuable player discussion after rushing for 1,305 yards, catching 64 passes and scoring a league-best 19 touchdowns for a Rams team that finished 11-5 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

The Rams play host to the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night at the Coliseum in an NFC wild-card playoff game.

Whitworth, who played 11 seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, was signed by the Rams as a free agent to solidify the line, protect quarterback Jared Goff and pave the way for Gurley.

Donald did not participate in training camp because of a contract dispute and sat out the first game. He still amassed 11 sacks in 14 games before coach Sean McVay rested Donald and other starters in the regular-season finale.

Zuerlein led the league with 158 points despite missing the last two games because of season-ending back surgery.

Hekker averaged 47.9 yards per punt and put 30 of 65 kicks inside the 20-yard line.

Cooper, a second-year pro, averaged 27.4 yards per kickoff return, and returned one 103 yards for a touchdown.

Countess fined again

Rams defensive back Blake Countess was fined $48,620 by the NFL for his hit on San Francisco 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin in last week's regular-season finale.

Countess was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a hit that left Goodwin with a concussion. Countess also was placed in concussion protocol.

This is the second time Countess has been fined this season. He was fined $24,309 for a hit on New Orleans Saints tight end Coby Fleener.

Playoff pay

NFL players are paid their full salaries during the 17-week season.

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Once they get to the playoffs, players are not paid by their teams, but by the NFL.

For players with big contracts — cornerback Trumaine Johnson earned more than $1 million per game this season — that means a hefty per-game pay cut.

As division winners, Rams players will earn $28,000 for the wild-card round game. They will earn $28,000 if they play in a divisional-round game, $51,000 if they play in the NFC championship game. Players on the team that wins the Super Bowl earn $112,000; members of the losing team $56,000.

"Everybody's making the same amount of money and you're just out there playing," said Rams linebacker Connor Barwin, who has played in five playoff games. "I think you've got to remember to enjoy it.

"I enjoyed the hell out of every one of them."

UPDATES:

7:10 p.m.: This article has been updated with more information about Blake Countess getting fined and playoff pay for Rams players.

This article was originally published at 11:40 a.m.

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