Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald apologized for his behavior that led to his being ejected during the team's season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Donald was tossed in the fourth quarter of San Francisco's 28–0 win after making contact with an official. Right before that incident, Donald was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul when he grabbed the helmet of 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and ripped it off.
"I was just seeing something happening and just tried to run over there and help one of my guys," Donald said. "And, like I said, it was just a dumb decision on my part."
Donald, a first-team AP All-Pro selection last season, had three tackles in the blowout loss. The Rams gave up 150 yards rushing, while the offense could muster only 185 yards of total offense and were 3–15 on third down.
"Any time you lose like that, you're going to be embarrassed," Donald said. "It's not the way we play. That was not our best football, and we know that. We got to play a lot harder."
The Rams next play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. It will be the team's first home in Los Angeles since Dec. 24, 1994, before the team moved to St. Louis the following season.
- Scooby Axson