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Jo-Lonn Dunbar | Linebacker

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 235
College: Boston College
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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. Aug 14 - 3:37 PM

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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
Jul 20 - 1:46 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.
Mar 13 - 7:57 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

Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar says he's open to playing any linebacker position in St. Louis.

"I'm just here to play ball," he said. "Whatever they need me to do, I'm ready to do. I'm familiar with all three linebacker positions." Dunbar was mostly a versatile reserve in New Orleans, but should primarily man the strong side in St. Louis with James Laurinaitis entrenched in the middle.
Sat, Apr 21, 2012 09:23:00 AM

Rams agreed to terms with LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, formerly of the Saints.

Dunbar, 27, has experience starting both at strong-side linebacker and middle linebacker, and knows the new Rams defensive scheme after spending the past several seasons playing for Gregg Williams. Dunbar is undersized at 6-foot, 226, and lacks elite talent. He'll likely be the Rams' starting "Sam" 'backer in 2012, although St. Louis shouldn't expect a difference maker.
Mon, Apr 2, 2012 01:21:00 PM

The Rams will host free agent LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar on Thursday.

St. Louis lost defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to an indefinite suspension, but it hasn't stopped pursuing his former players. Dunbar can play middle and strong-side linebacker. He started 14 games for New Orleans last season.
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 09:43:00 AM

Free agent LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar is expected to be a "priority" for the Saints.

Dunbar is coming off a breakout season, including outplaying Jonathan Vilma while filling in at middle linebacker for a stretch. The Saints may indeed choose to ditch Vilma and re-sign Dunbar as the "mike" starter.
Fri, Mar 9, 2012 11:59:00 AM

Saints MLB JoLonn Dunbar earned his second game ball of the year for his performance in Week 12.

Dunbar racked up 10 tackles with a forced fumble against the Giants. The Saints defense hasn't missed a beat with Jonathan Vilma (knee) out of the lineup. In fact, Dunbar has been an upgrade. He's expected to move back to the strong side in the next week or two, with Vilma due to return.
Fri, Dec 2, 2011 11:57:00 AM

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