Rams won’t discuss Aaron Donald punishment for Bengals brawl

Any disciplinary motion for Aaron Donald or different Rams gamers for their roles in a brawl that ended Thursday’s joint follow with the Cincinnati Bengals can be dealt with internally, a workforce spokesperson stated Friday.

The Rams practiced with the Bengals on Wednesday with solely minor scuffles. Thursday’s exercise, nevertheless, featured a number of skirmishes earlier than one erupted right into a brawl that included a helmet being swung.

A video seems to point out Donald with a Bengals helmet in his hand as he fell to the bottom.

Under NFL guidelines, the groups — not the league — are accountable for meting self-discipline for conduct throughout practices.

The Rams and Bengals play their last preseason sport Saturday at Paycor Stadium. It marks the final probability for rookies and others to make their circumstances for being a part of the 53-man roster, which have to be set by 1 p.m. PT Tuesday.

Rams coach Sean McVay doesn’t play starters or different key gamers in preseason video games, which means lots of the individuals in Thursday’s brawl won’t play Saturday.

Five areas to observe:

Will there be one other brawl? It appears unlikely. The NFL has management over self-discipline for conduct throughout video games. Expect everybody to be on their greatest conduct on the sector and the sidelines.

Can quarterback John Wolford play with an injured proper thumb? Wolford didn’t follow Thursday after struggling the damage Wednesday.

Last week in opposition to the Houston Texans, Wolford performed in depth sport snaps for the primary time since 2020. He led the Rams to 2 first-half subject targets.
Wolford may use a superb efficiency in opposition to the Bengals to solidify his function as Matthew Stafford’s backup.

Will quarterback Bryce Perkins do sufficient to raise himself to No. 2 on the depth chart? With his robust play in opposition to the Chargers and Texans, Perkins in all probability already has assured himself an opening-game roster spot for the second season in a row.

But why cease there?

With Wolford sidelined Thursday, Perkins took benefit of an prolonged alternative and carried out very properly. If Perkins has one other robust sport, he’ll give McVay one thing to consider.

 Rams wide receiver Lance McCutcheon (82) participates in drills.

With Van Jefferson on the mend, rookie receiver Lance McCutcheon would seem to have an excellent probability of constructing the Rams’ roster.

(Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

Is receiver Lance McCutcheon going to make the roster? McCutcheon, an undrafted free agent from Montana State, has three issues working in his favor.

He made a number of spectacular performs in opposition to the Chargers and Texans. Starting receiver Van Jefferson’s standing for the opener is doubtful as he recovers from knee surgical procedure, which may drive the Rams to hold extra receivers. The Rams in all probability don’t wish to threat one other workforce claiming McCutcheon.

A robust efficiency in opposition to the Bengals in all probability will go away the Rams with no selection however to maintain him on the opening-game roster.

Will operating again Kyren Williams present a spark? Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson have been nursing accidents, so Williams has been taking first-team reps for the final week, and McVay has stated the rookie will play for the primary time once they face the Bengals.

But will McVay comply with via? Williams has proven throughout practices that he could be precious as a runner and receiver.

Are rookie cornerbacks Decobie Durant and Derion Kendrick able to contribute? Durant and Kendrick every performed extra snaps in opposition to the Texans than they did in opposition to the Chargers.

Durant broke up a move, pressured a fumble and was credited with a sack. Kendrick recovered a fumble.

They are looking for roles in a secondary that features cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Troy Hill, David Long and Robert Rochell.

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