The Los Angeles Rams bowed out in the playoffs against former QB Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions in what would prove to be DL Aaron Donald's swan song in Los Angeles, and the National Football League. The abrupt retirement of one of the NFL's best pass rushing interior linemen of all-time caught fans, media and coaches alike off-guard, and led to a scenario in which Cooper Kupp of the Rams is not quite 100 percent ready to move on.

The news of Kupp's thoughts on the subject came during a proclamation of the one free agent who was undrafted but could still make the Rams' roster. Meanwhile, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford's wife spoke out about a controversial speech by Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker recently.

With Donald no longer in town, Kupp made an admission that may provide clues as to how his former Rams teammates feel about his sudden departure.

Rams' Kupp Makes Stunning Donald Admission 

Kupp, arguably the favorite target of Matthew Stafford depending on who you ask and Puka Nacua's standing, had a stark admission on the absence felt by the Rams missing Donald's presence with the team. The news was shared by reporter Bridget Condon on X.

“Cooper Kupp told me they still have Aaron Donald's locker up and ready ‘if he ever wants to come back' and that he's going to keep saying these ‘backhanded comments in the media…I'm so happy for him… but if he ever wanted to come back he's more than welcome.'”

Kupp and Nakua are expected to form one of the most potent one-two punches in the NFL with Stafford at the controls of Sean McVay's offense. Blake Corum of Michigan has been added to help in the running game alongside potential rising star Kyren Williams.

Aaron Donald and Jones IV converge on Goff of the Lions.
Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff makes a pass to tight end Brock Wright against Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and linebacker Ernest Jones during the first half of the NFC wild-card game at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024.

Aaron Donald's absence will hurt the defense, but the offense could have enough firepower to make up for his loss.

McVay Makes Announcement on Training Camp

The Rams 2024 training camp will be held at Loyola Marymount this year according to Rams coach Sean McVay.

The Rams loaded up on promising players including pass rushing DE Brandon Verse, Corum, and DT Braden Fiske out of Florida State who could help fill Donald's shoes.

The time is now for the Rams to make their playoff push, and every day counts. The sooner they get over the loss of Aaron Donald, the better, as plenty of challenges await.