Thursday the NFL announced that starting St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar will miss the first four games of the 2013 season as he serves a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. That is a huge blow to the Rams defense.
“We’ve known about it for some time and, obviously, we’ve been dealing with it,” Fisher said, via Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “First and foremost, we’re very, very disappointed in his choices and his decisions. It’s selfish, it hurts the team, but we also see it as an opportunity to learn from a mistake. We discussed it with the entire squad last night and I think everybody understands the responsibility that each and every player has as far as taking care of himself and what you can do and what you can’t do.”
“It’s behind us now.’’
The four games Dunbar will miss will be tough ones. They face divisional rival Arizona Cardinals and defending NFC Champions the San Francisco 49ers. They’ll face the 49ers NFC Championship game opponent, the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys as well.
Fisher wouldn’t give any more details on the suspension.
“He failed the performance-enhancing drug test,’’ Fisher said. “As far as what it was, I’m not going to go into specifics.’’