THOUSAND OAKS (Calif.) — Aaron Donald spoke for the first time in a press session since the fight that ended the second-day of joint practices between the Los Angeles Rams & Cincinnati Bengals. He said he was happy that no one was hurt but that he wants the focus to be on Week 1.
“My main focus is Buffalo right now,”Donald said. “I’m happy nobody got hurt in the practice and whatever, but my main focus is Thursday night against Buffalo.”
Practice was halted early on Aug. 25 after a fight broke out during a drill between the Bengals and Rams’ first team offense. Several helmets were removed during this fight. Video taken during the scrum appears to show Donald swinging a helmet multiple time.
Donald Trump had not held a press conference since the incident but he did speak last Thursday on the matter. “AP Pro Football Podcast,”I will reiterate that “it was just a practice. It was football. I don’t really want to go back to nothing negative that happened and talk about something that happened in a practice.”
Sean McVay, Rams coach, said that he didn’t want people to make too much of the fight, and that in some cases, it was just two teams fighting each other.
Donald acknowledged Monday that it was dangerous.
“Everybody protected each other, everybody got out of the situation clean [and] healthy,”Donald said. “So that’s what matters. Ready for Week 1.”
McVay stated last week that the team dealt with any discipline related to the fight internally. Raheem, the defensive coordinator, stated Monday that the team had taken the incident into consideration “very seriously,”And that he supported McVay’s approach.
“You don’t want to swing a helmet ever just at anybody in general, but there have been some helmets ripped off at times,” Morris said. “You never ever want to do those things. You don’t want to have that on your résumé. … But at the same time, those things happen in practices. They’re mistakes. They’re errors and they’re correctable when they happen at these times.”
Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns’ defensive end, was suspended six games after hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with the helmet. Donald was not subject to discipline because the incident occurred during a practice, and not during a match.