Four months after signing with the Rams and two days into training camp Mario Addison Jersey , Ndamukong Suh is still waiting for his first chance to practice alongside Aaron Donald.
Suh knows all about the perils of contract negotiations, and he hopes Donald can get a deal soon to unite them on Los Angeles’ potentially fearsome defensive line.
”Ultimately, I wish him all the best,” Suh said Friday after practice at UC Irvine. ”He deserves more than what I got, so I’ll kind of leave it at that.”
The 31-year-old Suh got a one-year, $14 million deal to join the Rams as a free agent after eight seasons as one of the NFL’s best defensive linemen. Donald is scheduled to make nearly $6.9 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract, but is widely believed to be seeking a record-setting deal that will make him one of the league’s highest-paid players.
Donald skipped the Rams’ offseason activities after Suh’s signing, and he is holding out of training camp for the second consecutive year. Suh and Donald spoke briefly after Suh signed, but they still don’t know much about each other.
Suh hopes that will change soon, but he’s staying out of any talks between Donald and the Rams.
”Always want to have an opportunity to practice with Aaron,” Suh said. ”He’s a guy that I’ve watched from afar, and (I’ll) hopefully have an opportunity sometime soon to get on the same field and be on the same side of the ball.”
Suh was free to sign with the Rams after the Miami Dolphins dropped him three seasons into a six-year, $114 million deal. That mammoth contract was structured in a way that made it almost impossible for Suh to be allowed to play out its entire length, and Suh ended up making $60 million for three years of work.
When he looked for a new challenge Daryl Johnston Jersey , Suh decided to team up with Donald and Michael Brockers on defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ front line. Suh primarily will be a nose tackle in Los Angeles for the first time in his career, but he has ample experience at every possible position on a defensive line.
”The biggest thing I’m excited about position-wise is being able to play the nose, the tackle and the 5-technique (lining up outside the offensive tackle), being able to play all of them and being able to use me in every single facet,” Suh said. ”The one thing that I’ve learned when I’ve been a part of an elite defense, no particular guy has any position. They can play all of them.”
Donald also plays just about anywhere, and his absence ultimately might not have much effect on his performance. He was the NFL’s defensive player of the year last season despite missing all of training camp and the season opener due to his first holdout.
Suh isn’t sure how his partnership with Donald will work, but he is confident in the strength of the defense being built by Phillips. Cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib also joined Los Angeles in the offseason, adding an influx of veteran talent to an already solid unit.
Suh has enjoyed getting to know his new teammates at UC Irvine while staying in the dorms – something he hadn’t done since college at Nebraska. Although he has a reputation for headstrong play at times, Suh is mostly relaxed and jovial around the Rams.
Suh is also getting along well with coach Sean McVay, who grinningly declined to disclose the nature of a bet that he lost to Suh earlier in the week – after Suh jumped into his news conference to ask him about it.
”He’s been fun to be around,” McVay said. ”I think once we actually put the pads on, when you’re really playing real football, we’ll get a really good feel. But you certainly feel his presence.”
A woman frantically asks an emergency dispatcher to coach her on how to perform CPR during a 911 call as she and others desperately struggle in vain to save the life of Olympic skier Bode Miller’s daughter after the toddler fell into a swimming pool.
”Yes Marvin Harrison Jersey , hurry. HURRY,” the woman shouts at the beginning of the call released Tuesday.
Asked by a male dispatcher what the emergency is, she tells him a 19-month-old girl fell into a backyard pool, is not breathing and has no pulse.
”We don’t know,” the woman, who sounds near tears, replies when asked how long the girl was in the water.
”Are you doing CPR or do you need me to coach you through it?,” he asks.
”Coach me through it, please,” she replies.
Neither her voice nor others heard on the call are identified.
”I have a small pulse. I have a small pulse,” a man says urgently at one point.
”I need an oxygen machine here. Like now,” he adds.
”Ok. They’re coming as fast as they can,” the dispatcher replies as he continues to give instructions.
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As the minutes tick off, the man swears as he asks where the ambulance is.
”They’re on their way. They’ve been on their way for several minutes. Ok? They’re just about there, they’ right there on the street,” he says shortly before emergency sirens are heard.
Paramedics continued to try to revive the girl as they rushed her to the hospital, said Capt. Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority, which released the 911 call.
There have been 13 drownings in Orange County so far this year, according to statistics released Tuesday by the agency. Three involved children under 5 while other victims were 15 or older.
The fire authority reposted its rules for staying safe in the water on its Facebook page Tuesday. Among them are always having adult supervision at pools where children are present, keeping pools behind a barricade that includes a locked gate and knowing CPR.
Miller, who lives in Coto de Caza, is the most decorated male U.S. skier with 33 World Cup wins, two overall titles, four world championships and six Olympic medals, including gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games in the super-combined. At the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia Eddie Yarbrough Jersey , he was the oldest alpine skier – at age 36 – to win a medal.
It was at his fifth and final Olympics in Sochi that Miller was brought to tears as he reminisced about his younger brother, Chelone, a promising snowboarder who died at age 29 after a seizure the year before.
Since retiring from skiing he’s worked as an NBC sports analyst. His wife, Morgan, is a professional volleyball player.
On Tuesday Miller posted a recent photograph of himself holding his blonde-haired daughter, along with the message, ”Thank you for all the love and support.”
In a previous post he said, ”Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this,” adding that Emeline’s love and spirit would never be forgotten.
Miller and his wife have three older children.
Associated Press Writer Brian Melley contributed to this story.
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