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NFL: Rams 'not buying' Donald retirement talk

Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead says he's not buying reports that the Super Bowl champions' star defensive tackle Aaron Donald might call it quits on a glittering career after Sunday's 23-20 triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Donald completed his lifetime goal of earning a Super Bowl ring with a couple of key plays that sealed the win for the Rams, who are 10/1 to repeat their 2021 season success next year.

Donald shines at the death

On Cincinnati's final possession, he tackled running back Samaje Perine for no gain on third-and-1, then harassed Bengals QB Joe Burrow on fourth down to force the incompletion.

That ended the AFC champions' gallant bid to take the game to overtime, with Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp later awarded MVP for his two touchdown catches.

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In the lead-up to the game at SoFi Stadium, NBC reported that eight-year veteran Donald might call it a career if the Rams prevailed.

He refused to answer questions on his future plans in the immediate aftermath of the tense victory in which he was consistently double-teamed by the Bengals.

Donald refuses to be drawn

"I'm just in the moment," said the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, who finished with eight pressures - including two sacks - as he dismissed the touchline reporters' line of questioning.

Snead was unconvinced by the earlier retirement reports when he was asked if Donald might walk away.

"He'll sleep on it and see, but I'm not buying it," he said. "He's a young kid. He'll get bored and need something to do."

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