Donald has not been with Rams since minicamp.
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However, Donald would like a long-term contract to reflect his consistent dominance.
Donald is widely regarded as one of the top defensive players in the league through his first three campaigns as he leads all defensive tackles with 28.0 sacks and 57.0 tackles for loss over that span.
Donald missed the Rams' entire training camp under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who is eager to plug Donald into the center of his 3-4 defense. The exemption would allow Donald to be paid while not forcing the Rams to cut someone else to get down to 53 players.
Tanzel Smart, a rookie sixth-rounder out of Tulane, is listed as the starter in Donald's position on the Rams' Week 1 depth chart.
If the Rams can make some noise at home versus the Colts, even without Andrew Luck playing on the opposite side, they could be in great shape by the time Donald is able to suit up in the near future.