Rams’ Aaron Donald goes after Cardinals’ D.J. Humphries in second choking incident this season

For the second time in the 2021 NFL season, cameras caught Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald attempting to choke an opposing player.

The latest such example came in the “Monday Night Football” playoff game between the fourth-seeded Rams and the fifth-seeded Cardinals, a game in which Los Angeles completely dominated Arizona with a 34-11 win. . The Rams’ margin of victory, however, didn’t deter Donald from getting involved with seventh-year offensive lineman DJ Humphries.

The altercation occurred on the Cardinals’ first drive of the second half, after the Rams had already taken a 28-0 lead. After a 23-yard pass from Kyler Murray to Christian Kirk at the Rams 14-yard line, Donald was seen picking on Humphries. As players and officials tried to separate the two, Donald attempted to place his hands around Humphries’ neck before the latter pushed Donald’s face mask:

Here’s a close-up of Donald trying to strangle Humphries:

Donald was penalized for unnecessary roughness, giving the Rams first-and-goal from the 7-yard line. Two plays later, the Cardinals scored their first and only touchdown of the game to make it 28-8 after a successful run attempt. colon conversion. Donald finished the game credited with a tackle, half a sack and a quarterback hit.

Donald has yet to be fined by the NFL for his actions, though it’s worth noting that he has already been fined this year for attempting to choke Packers offensive lineman Lucas Patrick during the teams’ Week 12 meeting ( a 36-28 Packers victory). Donald was fined $10,300 the following week despite not being penalized during the game:

It’s also worth noting that Donald, who has been fined a total of 10 times for in-game infractions, has routinely been seen in altercations with opposing players, often grabbing them by the head and neck area.

The Rams return to action Sunday in a divisional round matchup against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.