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Thursday, December 2, 2021

At the Rams-Packers, Aaron returns to the scene of Donald crying.

Thousand Oaks – The last time Aaron Donald saw Lambeau Field, he was through tears.

Donald’s eyes lit up and teammates consoled him as he stood on the sidelines and watched the Rams’ season endure in a 32–18 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the NFC playoffs last January.

Barely playing half of the Rams’ defensive snaps and making only one tackle due to a rib injury suffered a week earlier was only one factor in Donald’s frustration. Losing another shot in the Super Bowl was quite an upset.

“I just care,” Donald said this week about what those tears mean. “That’s what it comes down to, just caring.”

Defensive tackle wanted to talk about this Sunday’s return to Lambeau Field when the Rams (7-3) face the Packers (8-3). The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year didn’t want to rock last year.

But Donald said that because of what happened in that game, he is extra motivated for the game.

“A lot of things inspire me, but you can say, yes,” he said.

Hearing that Donald might have a whole new level of motivation, Packers coach Matt LaFleur can only respond with a joke.

“I want to cry,” LaFleur said Thursday in a Zoom session with Green Bay and LA reporters.

Donald and Ram have a good shot at taking revenge.

Despite losses to the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers before last week’s bye, the Rams are a better team, having lost to the Packers as a seven-point underdog in the divisional round, with Matthew Stafford at quarterback instead of a sore. – Jared Goff and league-leading wide receiver Cooper Kupp recover after missing that game with knee injuries.

With Packers quarterback Aaron Donald dealing with a broken left pinky toe, offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) playing and defending Elgaton Jenkins (knee) on injured reserve, bookies Tuesday announced a one-off tackle. The point has shifted from Underdog to Ram – the favorite point on Thursday.

If edge rusher Leonard Floyd plays after coming out of the 49ers game, and linebacker Von Miller draws more attention from the Blockers in his second Rams game, Donald can expect the potential to put pressure on Rodgers.

The NFL says it will be the first game since 2011 to have a Most Valuable Player as a quarterback and best defensive player of the year.

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“I’m always looking forward to getting after any quarterback,” said Donald, who has six sacks this season. “But seeing him in the film, it does not look like he has a toe injury. So, I really don’t believe in it. He (is) playing good football.”

The question may be whether you can avenge a playoff loss with a regular season win. Donald took the rest by talking about how important this game is to the Rams, who want their first win against 500-plus since defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September.

“I think you have to go into this game thinking it’s a playoff game,” said Donald, who declared himself “100% healthy.” “So I think it is an important week for us. We are playing for something. So, we got out there and got it done.”

Donald remembered his inability to contribute in that playoff game last January as a failure. But the coaches see his effort at playing as a measure of his greatness.

“If Aaron Donald doesn’t play yet another Snap, he’s a Hall of Fame player,” Rams coach Sean McVay said this week. “He’s all about the right stuff. He wants to win. He wants to do everything for this team to help his teammates, to be able to achieve success collectively.

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