The Los Angeles Rams are scheduled to conduct the first practice of their 2017 training camp at UC Irvine Saturday, one day after three- time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Aaron Donald became the only player not to report by the deadline in an attempt to get a new contract.

“We knew that this was a potential possibility for us and we are constantly trying to get a solution to this,” first-year coach Sean McVay said Friday. “We have 89 guys that will be ready to go and we are not going to allow this to set us back as our preparation moving towards the Dallas preseason game and leading into the regular season.”

General manager Les Snead said a goal is “to make Aaron a Ram for a long time.” Snead said he spoke with Donald’s representation Friday, but declined to provide details.

The practice is set to begin at 3 p.m. and will be open to the public, with free admission. Gates will open at 1:30 p.m. Parking is $14, $10 if purchased in advance at

The first 5,000 fans will receive a magnet schedule of the 2017 season in the first of five theme days during training camp, “Welcome Back Fans!”

The Rams have added fan amenities for training camp. Half the bleacher areas will be shaded, there will be two beer gardens adjacent to the field between the bleachers, and the Fan Zone has been expanded. It includes a digital photo booth and merchandise and concessions stands.

Another addition to training camp is the fan tunnel. At each practice, 20 fans along with a guest of their choosing will be selected to form the tunnel when the players take to the field for practice.

Fans wanting to take part in the fan tunnel must register at Participants will be notified 48 hours in advance of their respective date.

The Rams will conduct 15 practices at UC Irvine that are open to the public through Aug. 17, including a joint practice with the Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 9.

The other theme days are:

— Season Ticket Member Appreciation Day (Sunday). All season ticket members in attendance receive a limited-edition Rams training camp shirt and a discount at the merchandise tents.

— Back to School Community Drive (Friday). The first 3,000 fans donating one or more school supplies will receive a Rams commemorative cup. The list of approved school supplies is listed at

— Kids Day (Aug. 6) which will have additional activities for children 12 and under, including the opportunity to try on player uniforms, take a photo with Rampage, the team mascot, and have a chance to take the field after practice with their family. All children in attendance will receive a Rams- branded fidget spinner.

— Throwback Day (Aug. 9) where fans are encouraged to wear their throwback gear and celebrate the team’s history. Past Rams stars will be available for autograph and photo opportunities. The first 3,500 fans in attendance will receive commemorative Rams throwback flags.

At all practices, children 5 to 14 years old have the opportunities to be selected to get autographs from players after practice and to participate in the Rams Rookies program, in which they are paired with a player during the autograph signing, get autographs and help their paired player carry his equipment off the field.

Parents or guardians can register their children for the programs in the Rams Kids Club tent in the Fan Zone.

Defensive linemen will sign autographs after Saturday’s practice.

Video cameras and alcohol are prohibited. Fans cannot bring food (with exceptions made for special dietary needs), pets (service animals are permitted) or weapons. UC Irvine is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus.

McVay said the theme of training camp will be “coming together as a team and figuring out a way for everybody to reach their highest potential.”

After going 4-12 in 2016, the Rams overhauled their 23-man coaching staff, with McVay and 19 other newcomers. Offseason signings included two Pro Bowl players, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and outside linebacker Connor Barwin, and two USC alumni, receiver Robert Woods and cornerback Nickell Robey- Coleman.

The Rams announced on Friday the signings of outside linebacker Andy Mulumba, who played 22 games for the Green Bay Packers from 2013-15; defensive end Caushaud Lyons, who played four preseason games with the Detroit Lions in 2016 and four with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015; and three undrafted rookie free agents, center Parker Collins (Appalachian State); running back De’Mard Llorens (Northwestern State); and linebacker Folarin Orimolade (Dartmouth).

The Rams also placed two players on the active/physically unable to perform list — running back Lance Dunbar, signed as a free agent during the offseason after playing five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, and second-year receiver Michael Thomas.

Three other players were placed on the active/non-football injury list — defensive back Maurice Alexander, tight end Cory Harker and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner.

Here are the days and start times for the Rams practices at UC Irvine that are open to the public:

— Saturday, 3 p.m.;

— Sunday, 3 p.m.;

— Monday, 3 p.m.;

— Tuesday, 3 p.m.;

— Wednesday, 3 p.m.;

— Friday, 3 p.m.;

— Aug. 6, 3:30 p.m.;

— Aug. 7, 3 p.m.;

— Aug. 9, 4:30 p.m.;

— Aug. 10, 3 p.m.;

— Aug. 11, 3:30 p.m.;

— Aug. 14, 3:30 p.m.;

— Aug. 15, 3 p.m.;

— Aug. 16, 3 p.m.; and

— Aug. 17, 1:45 p.m.

—City News Service

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