Aaron Donald believes holding out all summer helped keep him fresh

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald had a potential strip sack taken away from him on Sunday. It could’ve been his 12th, which would’ve been a career high. Donald came from behind to knock the ball loose from Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, but Mariota eventually recovered it himself and picked up three yards running with it.

It was ultimately ruled a running play, and now Donald’s season will end with 11 sacks, tying his career high from 2014 while playing two fewer games in 2017. Donald is among several starters who will not play in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, even though he tried his best to convince Rams coach Sean McVay to change his mind

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