Rams' defense looks just fine, even without Aaron Donald

Alden Gonzalez

LOS ANGELES -- Talk all you want about how banged up the Indianapolis Colts were, but don't forget this: The Los Angeles Rams didn't have Aaron Donald.

The Rams returned two interceptions for touchdowns and could have had another. They forced a fumble and caused a safety. They registered five sacks and nine tackles for loss. They held a team to 225 yards from scrimmage and zero third-down conversions. And they did it all without quite possibly the game's best defensive player. The Rams plugged Tanzel Smart and Tyrunn Walker in Donald's place, and they didn't skip a beat under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

"There’s no concern about the ability that the players have," said Rams outside linebacker Robert Quinn, who had a sack and two tackles for loss. "Of course, Aaron’s on a level of his own. But the players that are here and Wade and his system, I think it allows everyone, no matter the skill level, to be productive and dominate. As long as guys believe in themselves, we can make something happen."

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