Rams' Aaron Donald irked by 'blatant holds' refs didn't call against Buccaneers



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Rams' Aaron Donald irked by 'blatant holds' refs didn't call against Buccaneers

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald insists he hasn't been playing bad football over the last two weeks as he claims it was the refs that costed him sacks and tackles in the last two games. Donald, who became the highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history this offseason, has not recorded a sack or a tackle in each of the past two games -- something he believes has never happened to him in his career before.

"At the end of the day I don't think I'm playing bad football," Donald said, per ESPN. "I feel like I'm disruptive, I'm still almost making plays, getting quarterbacks to get the ball off last minute, whatever the case may be.

Guys around me making plays, too, so it's not nothing that I'm mad about." The Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 on Monday Night Football but Donald wasn't happy at all with the officiating. "In my opinion, they hold every play," Donald said, adding that in a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football, "there was some blatant holds that we didn't get the call for."

Donald claims the refs didn't miss calls only on him

When Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was hit in the end zone by defensive end Morgan Fox and appeared to fumble the ball in the end zone, the refs quickly blew the play dead and ruled an incomplete pass.

"I feel like Fox got the ball out, so that should have been a sack anyway, and if it wasn't, it should have been a holding call and a safety because [Buccaneers left tackle Donovan Smith] held me in the end zone," Donald said.

"So I thought was going to get the flag, I looked around, there was a lot of chaos, didn't, but it is what it is, so just got to keep playing ball." When asked directly if he tries to bring attentions to refs about opponents holding him, Donald said: "All the damn time I talk to them.

I say, 'You got to see that holding call,' they say they don't see it. I'm like, 'Man, the guy got me around my neck, grabbed, pulled my shirt, I just beat a guy with a clean rush.' But it's all right, hopefully I'm gonna get one sooner or later that's gonna help us big time, so I just got to keep playing."