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Video: Aaron Donald has great reaction to Matthew Stafford’s first Rams touchdown

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Matthew Stafford’s first touchdown with the Los Angeles Rams left his teammates impressed, especially Aaron Donald.

The Chicago Bears got the ball first during Sunday night’s game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. and drove into the red zone. But Andy Dalton threw an interception in the end zone, giving the ball to the Rams.

It didn’t take long for the Rams to strike.

The Rams rushed for six yards, passed for seven, then on their third offensive play, Stafford hit Van Jefferson for a 67-yard touchdown to put his team on the board.

The speed with which the Rams scored, plus the deep ball from Stafford, left Donald impressed:

The Rams had success under Jared Goff and made it to a Super Bowl. But Stafford has the ability to take them even farther. Donald seemed to realize that after just three plays.

Video appears to show Aaron Donald trying to break up fight

Aaron Donald

An attorney representing Aaron Donald said on Friday that the Los Angeles Rams star actually tried to help the man who accused him of assault, and limited video footage appears to support that claim.

A man named De Vincent Spriggs filed assault charges against Donald earlier this week after he says Donald attacked him outside a Pittsburgh nightclub early Sunday morning. Spriggs’ face was left badly injured following the incident.

Donald’s lawyer, Casey White, told media outlets on Friday that Donald actually saved Spriggs from further injury. White said police have reviewed video footage and agree that it does not show Donald assaulting Spriggs. You can see a portion of the video below, which appears to show Donald trying to break up the melee:

The video only shows a portion of what transpired and lacks many other details, such as who threw the first punch, who attacked whom, and what Donald’s role was in the entire brawl. But Donald’s attorney says the defensive lineman was not at fault.

White acknowledged that Spriggs’ injuries came from people who acted in defense of Donald, as he says Spriggs previously swung a bottle at the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and hit him in the head. The lawyer also said five witnesses have confirmed that Donald did not attack Spriggs.

While the photo of Spriggs’ injuries shows he clearly was assaulted in some way, Donald appears to have a fairly strong case. It would not be a surprise if the charges against him are dismissed.

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Aaron Donald’s attorney shares much different side of alleged assault story

Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald was accused of assaulting a man at a Pittsburgh bar over the weekend, but the attorney representing Donald says the victim in the attack should actually be thanking the Los Angeles Rams star.

A man named De Vincent Spriggs filed criminal assault charges against Donald on Monday after he claims Donald attacked him and injured him outside a nightclub early Sunday morning. Spriggs’ lawyer provided a photo that showed Spriggs’ face badly swollen, but Donald’s attorney says his client did not inflict the injuries.

Donald’s lawyer, Casey White, told 97.3 The Fan on Friday that the reigning Defensive Player of the Year actually saved Spriggs from further injury. White says the incident began after Spriggs began aggressively jabbing Donald in the back with his elbow at a party. Other people at the party took Spriggs outside, and he again encountered Donald and Donald’s brother when they were leaving. Donald says Spriggs began walking at him and yelling while holding something in his hand, which Donald initially thought was a gun. It turned out to be a bottle, which Donald says Spriggs swung at him.

A fight then broke out, and White says Donald tried to pull people away from Spriggs. The lawyer acknowledged that Spriggs’ injuries came from friends who came to Donald’s defense while Donald was restrained.

“Aaron then breaks free from the restraints … he then goes to the pile where this melee is taking place and he starts tearing people off, protecting Mr. Spriggs,” White said. “He actually saves Mr. Spriggs from further injury.”

White says there is video evidence that proves Donald did not attack Spriggs. Five witnesses also said Donald was not the aggressor. The attorney says police have the footage and contacted White on Friday morning to tell him they “agree thus far that there is no evidence from that video that shows Donald assaulting the victim.”

“There’s not much else left to do to be honest with you because he’s not assaulted by Aaron Donald, he’s actually saved by Aaron Donald,” White added. “Mr. Spriggs should write a thank you card to Aaron Donald.”

Even if Donald is not charged, the NFL will conduct its own investigation. He could face disciplinary action, depending upon what his role was in the incident.

Donald is widely considered the best defensive player in the NFL and has been named Defensive Player of the Year in three of the past four seasons. The 29-year-old was extremely emotional after the Rams lost to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, as you can see here.

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Aaron Donald facing assault charge after allegedly attacking man

Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald has been accused of attacking a man and badly injuring him, and the Los Angeles Rams star is facing criminal charges for the alleged incident.

A man named De Vincent Spriggs says he was struck in the face by Donald in the early hours of April 11, according to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. Attorney Todd Hollis, who represents Spriggs, said he planned to file criminal charges against the reigning Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday morning.

Hollis provided a photo that showed Spriggs’ face with his eye swollen completely shut. He says the photo was taken after Spriggs was attacked by Donald.

Hollis told Mick Stinelli of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the incident took place following an altercation at an after-hours nightclub in Pittsburgh. The attorney said Spriggs suffered a concussion and other injuries.

Donald has ties to the Pittsburgh area, as he grew up there and played college football at the University of Pittsburgh.

Donald is widely considered the best defensive player in the NFL and has been named Defensive Player of the Year in three of the past four seasons. He was extremely emotional after the Rams lost to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, as you can see here.

Both police and the NFL will likely investigate the assault allegations. Donald could face disciplinary action from the NFL regardless of what happens with the charges that are filed.

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Playing alongside Aaron Donald got Leonard Floyd paid big money

Leonard Floyd

Playing alongside Aaron Donald has its perks, including getting a teammate paid big money. That’s what happened with Leonard Floyd.

Floyd is re-signing with the Los Angeles Rams on a four-year, $64 million deal. That’s huge money for the former No. 9 overall pick.

Floyd spent his first four seasons with the Chicago Bears and did not look like he was living up to his status as a top-10 draft pick. He had 40 tackles and 3.0 sacks in 2019. His best marks with the Bears included 47 tackles in 2018 and 7.0 sacks in 2016.

In his first season with the Rams, Floyd had 55 tackles and 10.5 sacks.

When you’re playing on a defensive line anchored by Donald, you get a lot more one-on-one matchups. Opposing offenses are so focused on stopping the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, that it leaves opportunities for others to dominate. That was the case with Floyd, who is now getting paid big money because of it. He owes a lot of thanks for the money to his talented teammate.

Lions tried to get Aaron Donald in trade with Rams

Aaron Donald

The Detroit Lions aimed very, very high in initial trade talks surrounding quarterback Matthew Stafford. Their initial ask of the Los Angeles Rams demonstrates just how high.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions initially asked the Rams for defensive lineman Aaron Donald in exchange for Stafford. That obviously went nowhere, and the two sides ultimately did sort out a deal involving Jared Goff and two first-round picks.

It’s doubtful that even the Lions thought that request would go anywhere, and it was probably just a negotiation tactic. In the Lions’ eyes, it couldn’t hurt to ask, and it clearly didn’t jeopardize the chances of making a deal.

The Lions were certainly ambitious in the initial trade talks with the Rams, but the Rams’ initial attempts to upgrade at quarterback were pretty ambitious too.

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Video: Aaron Donald was crying on sideline at end of Rams’ loss

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Aaron Donald got very emotional at the end of his Los Angeles Rams’ loss to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.

Donald’s Rams fell behind from the start and lost 32-18 in the Divisional Round playoff game. Donald was at limited strength and ability due to a ribs injury he suffered the previous week while tackling Russell Wilson.

Donald’s inability to play at his best likely weighed on his emotions as the team’s season came to an end.

Donald only played limited snaps and had just one tackle.

When he’s not playing injured, Donald is arguably the best and most disruptive defensive player in the game. The Rams’ defense just wasn’t the same without him, and he knows it.

Pete Carroll shares biggest reason Seahawks lost to Rams

Pete Carroll

The Seahawks got absolutely stunned in a 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in their NFC Wild Card game on Saturday.

Seattle’s offense looked bad, and the Rams won despite having two injured quarterbacks (John Wolford exited with a neck injury, while Jared Goff played after a recent thumb surgery).

So what is the biggest reason the Seahawks struggled? Pete Carroll says it comes down to Aaron Donald, who is a major disruptor and difference-maker.

“There’s one factor in this whole thing, the whole thing, since we’ve been here playing these guys, and that’s No. 99,” Carroll said after Saturday’s game. “He hasn’t just torn us up, he’s torn everybody up, and he continues to be a significant factor. He tilts it somewhat.”

Carroll said he was hoping the Seahawks would be able to take advantage when Donald was out with a ribs injury, but they were unable to do so.

“I wish we could find a way to stop him,” Carroll admitted.

Donald is a monster along the defensive line, which is why he’s won two Defensive Player of the Year Awards during his career. He’s been particularly tough against Seattle, posting more sacks (13), tackles (53) and quarterback hits (36) against them than any other team.

Of course, Tyler Lockett had some other explanations for what was going on with Seattle’s offense.

Aaron Donald gets positive news on rib injury

Aaron Donald

The Los Angeles Rams were able to win a road playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night despite injuries to several key players. Fortunately, it sounds like Aaron Donald will be available for next week’s game.

Donald left Saturday’s 30-20 win with a rib injury. The star defensive tackle appeared to be in significant pain, but Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported on Sunday that X-rays on Donald’s ribs were negative. The Rams are “hopeful” he will be able to play in the Divisional Round.

It goes without saying that the Rams need Donald. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is the definition of a difference-maker, and game-planning against L.A. would be infinitely easier if Donald were unavailable.

Donald had two sacks against the Seahawks and 13.5 during the regular season. He also forced four fumbles this year.

Rams quarterback John Wolford also left Saturday’s game after suffering a frightening neck injury, and reports on him have also been positive. Jared Goff, who is recovering from thumb surgery, came on in relief and led L.A. to a win. Goff is expected to start next week. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who suffered a knee injury, is also said to be fine.

The Rams will focus on getting healthy as they await their next opponent.

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Deebo Samuel trolls Aaron Donald after 49ers win

Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel trolled Aaron Donald after his San Francisco 49ers beat Donald’s Los Angeles Rams 23-20 on Sunday.

Samuel and Donald have issues that date back to the first meeting of the season between the teams. Prior to that game, Donald feigned like he didn’t know who Samuel was.

Fast forward to Sunday, and Samuel had 11 catches for 133 yards while leading his Niners to victory. He took enjoyment in his big role in the team’s win and trolled Donald on Twitter by laughing at an old GIF of Donald acting frustrated on the field.

Samuel is getting the last laughs as his Niners have gone 4-0 against the Rams in the last two years.

Despite the loss, Donald still played well. He had a sack, forced a fumble, and tipped a pass in the game. He leads the league with 10 sacks and 40 quarterback hits.