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Jo-Lonn Dunbar | Linebacker | #54

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 235
College: Boston College
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Saints signed LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.
Dunbar was released by the Rams on Tuesday. Dunbar was a longtime contributor for both St. Louis and New Orleans, but he'll be little more than end-of-bench depth for Rob Ryan's defense. Thu, Oct 29, 2015 06:33:00 PM

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Rams released OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

DT Doug Worthington has been signed in a corresponding roster move. Dunbar was signed as insurance after Alec Ogletree broke his leg, but wasn't needed after Mark Barron secured weak-side linebacker duties.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 05:58:00 PM

Rams re-signed OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

The Rams needed linebacker depth with Alec Ogletree (broken leg) done for the year. Dunbar received PFF's fourth worst 4-3 outside linebacker grade out of 40 qualifiers last season.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 03:08:00 PM

The Rams are expected to re-sign free agent OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

With WLB Alec Ogletree (broken fibula) possibly done for the season, the Rams need veteran depth at linebacker, probably their weakest position group on defense. Dunbar, 30, was released at final cuts by St. Louis.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 06:03:00 PM

Rams released LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

Dunbar played 432 snaps including 10 starts for the Rams last season. He is a quality depth piece but could not find a home in St. Louis' stacked front seven. The 30-year-old should latch on somewhere else.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 05:44:00 PM

The battery and disorderly conduct charges against Rams SLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar stemming from a July nightclub altercation have been dropped.

Dunbar was arrested in Miami late last month. The Rams' strong-side linebacker is no longer in danger of league-mandated discipline.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 03:37:00 PM

CBS 4 in Miami reports Rams SLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar was arrested outside of a South Beach club early Sunday on battery and disorderly conduct charges.

Dunbar was allegedly hanging with ex-Sacramento Kings guard Donte Green when a "physical altercation" broke out. No further details are available. Dunbar was suspended four games in 2013 for violating the NFL's PED policy, but has otherwise not had run-ins with the law as a pro. The Rams re-signed Dunbar to a two-year, $3.5 million deal in March. He's their starting Sam 'backer.
Source: CBS 4 Miami
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 01:46:00 PM

Rams re-signed SLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.

Thus ending Ray-Ray Armstrong's brief stay atop St. Louis' "Sam" 'backer depth chart. Dunbar, who turned 29 today, made ten starts in 2013, finishing with 39 empty tackles. His run defense slipped, but he's familiar with new DC Gregg Williams from New Orleans and a favorite of the coaching staff. Dunbar is a two-down linebacker across from James Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 07:57:00 PM

Rams re-signed OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

The Rams surprisingly cut Dunbar, a 16-game starter in 2012, after he was handed a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy, but he's back now that his ban is up. He'll likely immediately slide back into a starting role, supplanting struggling veteran Will Witherspoon. It's an upgrade for the Rams' sputtering defense.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 04:17:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Rams are expected to re-sign free agent OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar on Monday.

The Rams cut Dunbar on September 3 after he was slapped with a four-game NFL suspension for violating the NFL's PED policy. Dunbar could take over as a starter immediately, replacing Will Witherspoon at right outside 'backer.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 11:07:00 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher wouldn't rule out the Rams re-signing WLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

"We haven’t said this is it as far as his future is concerned here," said Fisher. "Of course there's a good possibility. Anything is possible." The Rams cut Dunbar on Tuesday. He's suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the league's policy on PEDs. It's possible the Rams cut Dunbar because they were right up against the salary cap and needed to get in compliance. Dunbar was a key cog in the Rams' run defense last season.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 03:57:00 PM

Rams released WLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

Known as a player's coach, Jeff Fisher uncharacteristically condemned Dunbar after he was slapped with a four-game ban for violating the league's PED policy, but it's still surprising the Rams would cut a player who was expected to start upon his return. Dunbar started all 16 games last season, racking up 115 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions. Fading veteran Will Witherspoon is taking Dunbar's spot in the starting lineup opposite James Laurinaitis.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 05:23:00 PM

NFL suspended WLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar four games for violating the league's policy against performance enhancing substances.

The Rams likely knew about this a while ago, because they signed Will Witherspoon as veteran insurance. Witherspoon now figures to open the season as St. Louis' starting weak-side linebacker, across from rookie Alec Ogletree. It's a concern for the early-season run defense, where Dunbar excelled in 2012. He finished last season with 115 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 03:52:00 PM

New Rams LBs coach Frank Bush talked up WLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar after watching St. Louis' 2012 game tapes.

Although Dunbar is a liability in coverage, he showed playmaking ability in 2012 and is one of two starting linebackers, along with MLB James Laurinaitis, on whom the Rams can count for 2013. "He was a surprise," Bush said of Dunbar. "After going back watching the tape, Jo-Lonn did a good job. He flashed a lot. He was physical. Had a little surliness to him, which I kind of like."
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 06:28:00 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch projects Jo-Lonn Dunbar as the Rams' starting weak-side linebacker.

There's a long way to go, of course, but the too-early depth chart has Dunbar at weak side and Mario Haggan at strong-side linebacker. Rookies Aaron and Sammy Brown, and Alex Hoffman-Ellis will be vying for backup roles with Justin Cole and Josh Hull. Dunbar could be a sneaky late pick in IDP leagues.
Mon, May 21, 2012 04:06:00 PM

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