Aaron Donald doesn’t want to talk about the violent helmet-wielding brawl he was involved in last month.
The Los Angeles Rams star, who appeared to be at the center of the battle last month during joint practice with the Cincinnati Bengals, didn’t want to go into detail on Monday afternoon.
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His attention is only on the season opener against the Bills, he said.
“I’m glad no one was hurt in practice or anything, but my main focus will be on Thursday night against Buffalo,” Donald said via the Los Angeles Times.
Aaron Donald and Rams brawl with Bengals
The Rams and Bengals held a joint practice in Ohio last month before a preseason game, but one practice ended abruptly after a dispute broke out between the teams during last year’s Super Bowl.
Video of the brawl showed one player brandishing a helmet at the other team, while Donald was pressed to the ground with the Bengals’ helmet in his right hand. Donald was later seen holding two Bengals helmets in his hands.
It is unclear what caused the quarrel in the first place. Rams said he plans to handle any discipline internally.
It’s unclear if Donald actually waved his helmet during that melee, but he admitted it was a step too far to do so.
When asked by the Los Angeles Times if swinging a helmet was dangerous, he replied, “Yes.” “Everybody protected each other and everyone got out of the situation clean and healthy. That was the point.”
The NFL generally does not intervene in penalties or discipline for combined practices. But the league sent Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett to six games in 2019 after ripping off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and waving it at him during a game. was suspended.
It is unclear how Donald was chastised.
Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris told the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t want to swing my helmet around, on anyone.” But sometimes the helmet was ripped off.
“You never want to do that. You don’t want to have it on your resume. You don’t want it on paper. You don’t want to see it. They are mistakes, they are errors, they are fixable.”