Aaron Donald finally rejoined his Los Angeles Rams teammates on Monday, one day after their 46-9, season-opening drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts. Donald, who officially ended his 44-day holdout by taking his physical on Saturday, took part in conditioning drills and sat in on meetings, just like everybody else.
“Some of the close losses last season, we were terrible,” he said after the game, chuckling. “We were just — it was kind of just bad football, some of those close losses. We’re there, we’re there, we’re there, and there was some critical error.”
Oh, and Adrian Peterson returns to Minnesota after being released by the only NFL team he’d ever known last spring.
Matthews doesn’t know whether he will pursue an acting career once his playing days are over. But as he enters his ninth season, the 31-year-old realizes he must avoid injury and perform at a high level to mitigate the possibility of being cut in the 2018 offseason — such a move would clear $10.8 million in salary-cap space — and have a chance at finalizing his NFL film reel playing for just one team.
“This is a conversation I’ve had with numerous people … especially getting up there to Year Nine now when most people can retire and say they’ve had a great career,” Matthews said.
“To do it in Green Bay would be tremendous because you have one team you are always associated with. To stay with one team and have a level of success that we’ve had would be amazing. I’m hoping to have a good year and get re-upped.”
“It’s just what you love to do and, you know, nobody ever wants that taken away from them, especially with the amount of work we’ve been putting in. The chemistry and everything, we were just rolling. We were in a good place. That’s life, though. Life happens. You get set back. It’s really how you come back from that, how you handle adversity. This is nothing that I won’t overcome.”