The NFL is encouraging teams to crack down harder of violators of the Performance Enhancing Substance policy, as the league is planning on implementing stricter drug testing protocols in the near future, and the St. Louis Rams may be taking that to hear regarding starting weakside linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar:
Significant news: The Rams cut LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar today from the suspended list.
— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) September 3, 2013
Dunbar was a 16-game starter last season, who finished with 115 tackles and 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. This is a very surprising move to make, considering the team doesn’t gain a free roster spot by cutting him since he’s on the suspended list. He was previously suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL policy on PEDs.
Will Witherspoon, signed by the team in July, will now take over for Dunbar on a more permanent basis. Witherspoon is expected to play alongside first-round draft pick Alec Ogletree and veteran James Laurinaitis.
Dunbar was the 15th-best 4-3 outside linebacker last season, according to ProFootballFocus.com, and whoever picks him up will be getting a steal of a signing.