Some optimism was well-founded, some apparently not.
For more than a month, Rams coach Sean McVay had expressed confidence that receiver Tavon Austin and defensive lineman Aaron Donald would be available to play in Sunday’s opener against the Indianapolis Colts at the Coliseum.
Austin recovered from a hamstring injury and will play, McVay said Friday.
Donald, however, remains absent because of a contract dispute.
Throughout the week, McVay declined to rule out the three-time Pro Bowl player for the opener. He finally ended the gamesmanship on Friday.
“We’re still trying to find a way to come to a solution,”...