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Getty Aaron Donald takes on a block against Seattle during the Thursday, October 7, road win for the Rams.

Aaron Donald was listed as a “did not practice” for the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday, October 13.

No, it wasn’t because of a designated veteran rest day. It’s because the All-Pro defensive lineman and franchise’s newest all-time sack leader is dealing with some reported swelling.

Donald, as noted by ESPN Rams reporter Lindsey Thiry, banged his knee against one Seattle Seahawks player during the Rams’ 26-17 road win on Thursday, October 7.

Rams DL Aaron Donald banged his knee against another player in Seahawks game last Thursday and has some swelling. He is day-to-day, per a Rams spokesman.

— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 13, 2021

Via Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, Donald is listed as day-to-day but he is expected to suit up on Sunday in the Week 6 matchup with the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Per team spokesman, Aaron Donald banged his knee in last week's game and had some swelling so is day to day.
Matt Gay had ankle soreness so also resting (saw him working a bit off to the side).

All players on injury report (including Donald and Gay) expected to play Sunday.

— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 13, 2021

Donald is Carrying Notable Streak Into Sunday’s Game

The 6-foot-1, 280-pounder isn’t expected to be on crutches, let alone sidelined, for this upcoming game against the Giants.

And that means Donald will bring a consecutive streak in tow at East Rutherford, New Jersey: Consecutive starts.

Including playoffs, Donald has started in 59 straight games dating back to the January 6, 2018 NFC Wildcard playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons. Donald is yet to miss any action due to injury or taking a rest game.

Sunday’s game will mark his 60th consecutive start.

According to American Football Database, former Minnesota Viking Jim Marshall holds the NFL defensive lineman record for most consecutive starts with 270 between 1961-1979. For defensive tackles, another Viking Alan Page holds the best mark with 215 straight starts.

Donald Has Another Streak

Along with starts, the 30-year-old Donald has one more edge on the Giants: Consecutive wins over the franchise.

After beginning his career with an 0-2 start versus NYG, Donald has now guided the Rams to two straight victories over the NFC East opponent. That includes last season’s 17-9 defensive battle in front of a fan-less SoFi Stadium. Donald sacked quarterback Daniel Jones once and chased him with five quarterback hurries.

Former Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley lined him up in a variety of spots on the line. According to Pro Football Focus, Donald lined up on 35 plays over the tackle as a defensive end, slid inside to the “B” gap on 12 defensive snaps and moved outside on 11 plays.

In four games against the Giants, Donald has put together the following stats per Pro Football Reference: Nine tackles, seven solo stops, five QB hits, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

This time, Donald and the Rams’ defense will face a Giants protection that has allowed five sacks. Left tackle Nate Solder has surrendered the most sacks on the team with two. So it’s more than likely Donald will be placed on Solder’s side to test the 32-year-old.

Other Injury Updates

Rams head coach Sean McVay revealed the extent of starting cornerback Darious Williams’ ankle injury.

“I see it as three weeks,” McVay said, as the Rams have placed Williams on injured reserve. “That’s why we were kind of going back and forth because he felt like alright, it’s probably going to be two weeks, might be on that fringe of returning for that third game. But I do expect, if he progresses the way that we anticipate, that he’ll be back after that three weeks.”

Before his injury, Williams was on the field on 58 defensive plays in the nine-point road win at Lumen Field. He was targeted on three passes but allowed just two catches for 17 yards while covering three different Seahawk weapons in Tyler Lockett, Will Dissly and Freddie Swain. The Pro Bowl WR Lockett didn’t catch a pass on Williams on the one pass thrown his direction.

Meanwhile, placekicker Matt Gay (ankle) was limited during Wednesday’s session. Veterans Andrew Whitworth and Terrell Lewis both took veteran rest days.

Here's today's injury report on the Rams' side:
– Aaron Donald (DNP, knee)
– Andrew Whitworth (DNP, rest)
– Terrell Lewis (DNP, rest)
– Jake Funk (limited, hamstring)
– Matt Gay (limited, ankle) …

— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 13, 2021

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Chiefs Headline 2 Trade Proposals, Including Deal for Talented Pass-Rusher

Getty Detroit Lions edge rusher Charles Harris strips Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields on October 3, 2021.

We are less than 12 days away from the 2021 NFL trade deadline and the fever has already spread all across the league.

The Kansas City Chiefs are 3-3 heading into a pivotal Week 7 matchup with the Tennessee Titans but no matter the result, the back-to-back AFC championships are expected to be buyers on November 2.

According to our very own Heavy on Chiefs fanbase, Kansas City could use a few different positions this year and most of them are on the defensive side. Linebacker, cornerback, defensive end and D-line, in general, were all frequent suggestions on our page and ESPN writer Bill Barnwell agreed with a couple of these suggestions in a recent article predicting 10 NFL trade proposals.

The Chiefs made Barnwell’s list twice and we have all the details below.

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Player Swap With Rams

The first of Barnwell’s two suggestions was a smaller move that would send the Los Angeles Rams a cornerback while acquiring a linebacker in his place.

  • Chiefs get LB Travin Howard.
  • Rams get CB Deandre Baker.

On paper, trading a former first-round pick for a former seventh-rounder doesn’t sound too appealing but when you factor in that Kansas City didn’t spend their first on Baker it makes things a little better. GM Brett Veach took a flyer on the CB and while he’s kept his nose out of trouble since joining the Chiefs, he’s still fifth or sixth on the depth chart when everyone’s healthy.

Barnwell wrote: “The Rams need help at cornerback after Darious Williams went on injured reserve… The Chiefs have lots of cornerbacks they prefer to Baker, but one of the many other things they could use is a linebacker. Their linebackers have been shredded in coverage this season, and Anthony Hitchens hyperextended his elbow in Sunday’s win over Washington. Howard, a converted safety, was in line to compete for linebacker snaps in 2020 before tearing his meniscus. He has only played 10 defensive snaps this season, all of which came in garbage time last week against the Giants.”

While this deal may not move the needle too much, it would probably help KC. Veach just signed Shilique Calhoun to the practice squad on October 19 so you know they’re looking to add linebacker depth. Howard could help in this regard as more of a coverage backer that’s currently buried on the Rams.

Travin Howard (#48) is good at this coverage thing.

— Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP) March 20, 2020

“Chances are that this deal wouldn’t change either team’s season dramatically, but these are two young players who could see more playing time with a change of scenery,” Barnwell concluded.

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Chiefs Trade for Former First-Round Pick

Here’s the one fans have been waiting for. In this move from Barnwell, Kansas City would acquire former first-round edge rusher, Charles Harris.

  • Chiefs get DE Charles Harris.
  • Lions get 2022 sixth-round pick, 2023 sixth-round pick.

Harris is currently having a breakout campaign for the Detroit Lions, although he was a relative bust with the franchise that drafted him (Miami Dolphins). The pass-rusher only totaled 3.5 sacks over three seasons with the Fins but he’s accumulated 7.0 sacks since in only 19 games with the Atlanta Falcons and Lions.

“You’ve heard about teams taking the best available player during the NFL draft,” the ESPN writer began, “the Chiefs need to add the best available player on defense.” Apparently, that’s Harris according to Barnwell.

He continued: “The secondary has been a problem, but Kansas City could also use another edge rusher to supplement Frank Clark and Chris Jones. Harris has bounced around the league since disappointing as a first-round pick with the Dolphins in 2017, but he has picked up sacks in four consecutive games as a regular for the 0-6 Lions. He isn’t going to singlehandedly turn around the Chiefs, but he could at least be part of a functional edge-rushing rotation. He’ll also cost the Chiefs less than $1 million over the remainder of the season.”

Cheap and effective could be music to the ears of Veach, a general manager who’s had to work around large contracts that he’s dished out to players like Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu and the aforementioned Jones and Clark.

Charles Harris has been playing like a man on ????

This is his fourth sack in as many games !

Tough ask for the TE to block Harris on this play. Too much power! Just moves through the TE on the way to sacking cousins.#OnePride #NFL

— Belal Halaweh (@HalawehBelal) October 14, 2021

Harris could be the bargain grab that KC needs and it shouldn’t cost much to get him. Barnwell has the Chiefs sending two sixth-round picks for the defensive end, which is very little in the grand scheme of things.

Not only could Harris help get to the quarterback (12 pressures in six 2021 games), he could allow Jones to move back inside to defensive tackle where some believe he belongs. It’s certainly a win-win for Kansas City!

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