McDonald was excused by Jeff Fisher from OTAs Wednesday and is unlikely to participate in the voluntary workouts with pending charges on suspicion of DUI, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports. McDonald still hasn't officially been charged, as he is awaiting a toxicology report for the DUI -- not alcohol. McDonald has not run afoul of the NFL before, so he's not facing a long suspension if there is one, but his loss will be felt by the Rams as a thin defensive backfield would get thinner.
McDonald was arrested for driving under the influence of a substance other than alcohol after hitting parked car Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Times reports. "It wasn't alcohol," said police officer Mike Lopez. The substance wasn't defined but McDonald was taken into custody and later released. The team did acknowledge the issue but didn't comment beyond saying "We are aware of the incident involving T.J. McDonald this morning," also noting "We are gathering information and will have no further comment at this time." The situation should work itself out in the coming days, with the 25-year-old safety due in court June 3.
McDonald (shoulder) has been medically cleared for the Rams' offseason program, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports. McDonald was able to complete the entirety of the organization's first offseason workout in Los Angeles since 1994. Consequently, he's in line to serve as the starting strong safety, with one 100-tackle campaign, four sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble across three professional seasons.
McDonald (shoulder) should be healthy enough to participate at some level in OTAs and training camp, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. McDonald underwent surgery in December that ended his season prematurely, but it doesn't look like that should affect his upcoming season in any wya. McDonald has become a playmaker for the Rams, tallying 63 tackles in 11 games last season after hitting triple digits the previous campaign.
McDonald will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, KMOV 4 St. Louis reports. McDonald injured his shoulder in the second half of Sunday's defeat to the Cardinals. Thus, he'll end his third campaign with 63 tackles (39 solo), one sack, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery in 11 games.
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