How Aaron Donald held out all summer, then played 115 snaps in five days

Alden Gonzalez

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Aaron Donald spent an entire summer away from his team. He ended his holdout the day before the season opener and participated in three practices -- only one of them in pads -- before playing in his first game. And then Donald just kept playing, far more than any of his Los Angeles Rams teammates and coaches would've ever expected. Over the course of five days -- a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, a Thursday night near San Francisco -- Donald took 115 snaps, an extreme workload for any defensive lineman.

Days later, Donald was asked how he did it all; how he put his body through so much, without a traditional training camp or preseason, and appeared to stay so fresh until the very end. Donald smiled. Two words came out of his mouth: "Dewayne Brown."

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