Former NFL Man Claims Aaron Donald’s Injury Will Reduce Rams’ Explosive Power

Published 01/13/2021, 5:34 AM EST
Dec 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports


Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams made their way to a commanding win over NFC West champions, Seattle Seahawks. in the Wild Card Playoffs. The Rams put up a defensive masterclass led by their stars, Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald. However, they were dealt with a major blow after Donald suffered a knock at the CenturyLink Field.

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Former Baltimore Ravens center Jeff Saturday made his weekly appearance on ESPN’s Get Up. The former player-turned-analyst spoke about the impact of Aaron Donald’s potential absence can harm the Rams this weekend.

He said, “Enormous, I don’t care what anybody says rib pain, and that and your core, and the abuse you’re going to take in a football game is second to none. I mean, it is literally a car wreck every Sunday, and he’s such an explosive player, Greenie, he uses core, he can hit you. I mean, he’s a smaller guy, but he can hit you with power….with the core being injured the way it is, I’m not sure we’ll have that same explosive power and be able to get guys on skates. It’s going to be a big injury to overcome.”

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Dec 20, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) tries to run away from Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) during the third quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

“And listen, this isn’t a ‘pain shots going to take this thing away type of thing.’ When you’re talking about the internal part of your ribs. I don’t care if it’s a cartilage, if it’s a broken rib. This is a super painful injury. And rest assured every Packer offensive lineman knows he’s hurt,” Saturday said on the show.

The Rams are yet to give official confirmation on Donald’s inclusion against the Green Bay Packers. But Rams fans will be hopeful that Donald will fight through the pain and play on Saturday. Knowing his passion for the game, that is a realistic scenario.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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