Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald will not play Sunday against the Denver Broncos and is unlikely to play again this season, coach Sean McVay said Friday.
Donald hasn’t played since sustaining a sprained ankle in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs. McVay previously said the team is monitoring the player’s condition on a weekly basis.
McVay said Friday that Donald “is making good progress,” but that he “probably won’t be allowed to play” until the end of the season.
In 11 games this season, Donald had five sacks, ten tackles including one that caused the ball to slip.
Despite missing the Rams’ last three games with the injury, Donald was named to his ninth Pro Bowl on Monday.
The 31-year-old Donald had never missed a game due to injury in the NFL before this disappointing ninth season.
The Rams have lost any mathematical chance of making the playoffs after their recent six-game losing streak. They still hesitated before ending Donald’s season, despite the severity of his injury. Donald would be interested in returning even for non-stakes matches.
The Rams tied the 1999 Denver Broncos for most losses by a champion team.