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Aaron Donald is training to become a better pass rusher by ... dodging knives?!

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Los Angeles defensive tackle Aaron Donald has a strong argument as the best player in the NFL after winning the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2017. So who am I to question what he does to hone his craft? But here I am, questioning what he does to hone his craft.

Because HIS OFFSEASON TRAINING STRATEGY INVOLVES TRYING NOT TO GET STABBED.

The video was posted by DeWayne Brown of Two Tenths Speed and Agility. In a later tweet, he confirmed that, yep, those are knives that Donald is dodging.

There have been plenty of rules implemented in the NFL that protect offensive players and make life difficult for defensive players. “Lineman may use kitchen knives to protect their quarterbacks” was not one of those rules.

If this is an April Fools joke, it’s a good one. But it appears to just be one of many training videos posted by Brown.

Donald, 26, has some of the fastest hands in the NFL, so it’s shouldn’t be too surprising that he managed not to get slashed during the video. But that’s high-stakes training for a player who is likely to receive a lucrative contract extension from the Rams this offseason.

Please — for the sake of NFL fans everywhere who love watching Donald tear apart opposing offensive lineman — switch to a pool noodle.