As usual, Aaron Donald has been among the best, if not the best defensive tackles in the NFL this season, but the future Hall of Fame star of the Los Angeles Rams is in danger of missing his first game of 2023. The Rams announced that Donald is questionable to play against the Washington Commanders on Sunday due to hip tightness. This is a huge blow to L.A.’s defense at a time when the Rams need a win in order to keep pace in the NFC Wild Card playoff picture.
Without Donald, the Rams will have one less star on rely on, putting more pressure on rookies Kobie Turner and Byron Young, as well as Michael Hoecht, to get pressure on Sam Howell, the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL.
Rams Injury Update: DT Aaron Donald has been downgraded to questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Commanders with tightness in his groin.— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 16, 2023
Donald has been the picture of health throughout his NFL career, until missing six games in 2022. He has been available every week this season and was not expected to be in danger of missing this game against the Commanders, until Saturday’s stunning update.
Donald leads all NFL DTs in pass rush win rate, he has six sacks and 21 QB hits. He’s also doing this all at age 32, roughly three to 10 years older than most of the other players at his position who are performing at a high level. L.A. is 6-7 and close to the NFC’s final wild card spot, but in a crowded field of 6-7 teams looking to grab it, the Rams need this week to keep pace.