McDonald will appear in court Oct. 7 for a charge of driving under the influence of drugs, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
The incident occurred in May and led to McDonald's absence from OTAs. He's available for the time being, but a suspension could come down before the end of the season. A starter in each of his 38 NFL appearances, McDonald had eight tackles in a Week 1 loss to the 49ers.
McDonald was excused midway through OTA's back in June and it seems that whatever kept him away at the time is now passed and won't be much of an issue going forward. He'll likely step back into his role as a starter after Christian Bryant filled the first-team slot with McDonald out.
McDonald still hasn't officially been charged, as he is awaiting a toxicology report for a non-alcohol related DUI. The 25-year-old has not run afoul of the NFL before, so he's won't incur a lengthy suspension. However, any multi-week absence on his part will serve to weaken an already-thin Rams secondary.
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.
T.J. 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.
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