The St. Louis Rams have released suspended linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Howard Balzer reported Tuesday for KSDK.com. Dunbar's release comes two weeks after the NFL handed down a four game suspension to Dunbar for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
At the time the suspension was announced head, coach Jeff Fisher, minced no words referring to Dunbar as "selfish." Apparently, as Fisher watched the progress of young linebackers Alec Ogletree and Ray Ray Armstrong, he deemed Dunbar expendable.
Sources close to the Rams also say that Dunbar's suspension was related to recreational drug use, not PEDs as previously thought. If that report is accurate, it casts Fisher's comments in a new light.
By cutting Dunbar, the Rams are able to remove his $1.3 million salary from their cap. They will, however be charged a pro-rated portion of Dunbar's initial signing bonus.
What we saw in Denver during the third week of preseason will likely be how the Rams open the season at linebacker this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals: James Laurinaitis in the middle flanked by Will Witherspoon and Ogletree. Ray Ray Armstrong, Darren Bates and Jonathan Stewart are all available coming off the bench.
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