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Rams’ Aaron Donald on helmet-swinging incident: ‘It was just practice’

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Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald appeared to downplay his helmet-swinging incident at a joint practice in an interview Wednesday as the Super Bowl champion prepared for another season.

Donald was a part of a heated skirmish last week when the Cincinnati Bengals were in town. Donald was seen swinging an opponent's helmet.

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Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald, #99, during training camp at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, Aug. 29, 2022.
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“It was just a practice. It was football,” Donald said in a podcast interview with the “AP Pro Football Podcast.” “I don’t really wanna go back to nothing negative that happened and talk about something that happened in a practice. My main focus is Buffalo.”

Donald replied, “yes,” when asked whether everything was OK between his teammates and Rams coach Sean McVay.

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The defensive tackle was doing the media rounds Wednesday and was peppered with questions about the practice incident. Pro Football Talk highlighted a moment in Donald’s appearance on CBS Sports Radio’s “The Zach Gelb Show” in which a PR rep interrupted questions when pressed about it.

Aaron Donald, #99 of the Los Angeles Rams, throws the ball during training camp at University of California Irvine on July 29, 2022, in Irvine, California.

Aaron Donald, #99 of the Los Angeles Rams, throws the ball during training camp at University of California Irvine on July 29, 2022, in Irvine, California.
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“It was just a practice. Obviously, people got phones out and things like that. But I’m not gonna sit and talk about negative stuff that happened at a practice. My main focus is Buffalo,” Donald said before the practice questions eventually dropped.

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Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald watches during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Cincinnati, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald watches during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Cincinnati, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.
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Donald has been an All-Pro in seven of the eight seasons he’s been in the NFL and is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Last season he had 12.5 sacks and a career-high 84 total tackles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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