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Rams' Aaron Donald calls it 'a plus' to be at training camp after contract disputes

By Jake Elman
Rams' Aaron Donald calls it 'a plus' to be at training camp after contract disputes
Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald had 20 1/2 sacks last year. File Photo by Mark Wallheiser/UPI | License Photo

July 29 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Rams star defensive lineman Aaron Donald is taking advantage of his first training camp since 2016.

Donald skipped the Rams' last two training camps over contract disputes with the organization. He signed a long-term deal last year and reported on time when camp began last week.

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"I think it's going to be a plus for me getting here and getting going right away," said Donald, who has won NFL Defensive Player of the Year the last two seasons. "If anything, I should be better."

Skipping last year's training camp partially prevented Donald from recording his first sack until the Rams' fourth game of the season. He led the NFL with 20 1/2 sacks.

"Hopefully, it don't take me four games to get going this year," Donald said Sunday.

Donald has recorded 59.5 sacks since entering the league in 2014. He is a five-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro.

The Rams begin the preseason Aug. 10 at the Oakland Raiders. Los Angeles' first regular season game is Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers.

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