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Rams set to re-sign linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar

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After three straight losses in which they’ve allowed at least 30 points a game, the St. Louis Rams are looking to bring back a familiar face to help solidify their defense.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Rams plan to re-sign linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar on Tuesday after the completion of his four-game suspension for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Dunbar was released by the Rams before the start of the season. Head coach Jeff Fisher called the suspension for Dunbar “selfish” and St. Louis elected to cut Dunbar instead of keeping him on the reserve/suspended list.  However, the Rams didn’t rule out a possible return for Dunbar once his suspension was complete.

Dunbar started all 16 games for the Rams last season and compiled 115 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He also intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles.

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9 Responses to “Rams set to re-sign linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar”
  1. bayafan says: Oct 1, 2013 1:34 AM

    Even Joe don baker would be an improvement to the rams.

  2. alonestartexan says: Oct 1, 2013 1:48 AM

    You know…

    If the Rams would focus on reality, they’d see that they could easily package a 1st rd. pick and one of their scrub RB’s in a deal to Houston for Ben Tate.

    Then turn around and offer a 4th or 5th rd. pick to Tampa for Josh Freeman and dramatically improve their team overnight.

    Just saying.

  3. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 1, 2013 2:09 AM

    As long as Bradford is the Qb and Schottenheimer is the OC the Rams are dead in the water.

    Chris Long is a solid DE and all but taking him over Matt Ryan was awful. Until there is a QB change we are screwed.

  4. computojon says: Oct 1, 2013 6:56 AM

    Now if they could just re-sign Jack Youngblood, Isiah Robertson, and Deacon Jones, they’d be able to stop somebody.

  5. thejabronisayz says: Oct 1, 2013 7:16 AM

    Oh great, problem solved. I guess he can pass protect, catch the ball, run the ball, throw the ball, and call plays that dictate passed over 2 yards.

  6. schmitty2 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:47 AM

    alonestartexan says:Oct 1, 2013 1:48 AM

    You know…

    If the Rams would focus on reality, they’d see that they could easily package a 1st rd. pick and one of their scrub RB’s in a deal to Houston for Ben Tate.

    Then turn around and offer a 4th or 5th rd. pick to Tampa for Josh Freeman and dramatically improve their team overnight.

    Just saying

    Maybe YOU should focus on reality if you think Ben Tate is worth a 1st round pick and that maybe Josh Freeman might be an upgrade over Schaub.

    Just saying

  7. steelerben says: Oct 1, 2013 11:43 AM

    So much for the hardline stance on PED users.

  8. ramballing says: Oct 1, 2013 1:51 PM

    This is a big missing link on the defense right now. Witherspoon, a great player in his prime, is not making the plays that Dunbar makes.

    What is the biggest difference in the front 7 between last year when Frank Gore was held to 58 yards and this year’s 153 yard obscenity? 2 new linebackers. One shows flashes of brilliance along with lots of rookie breakdowns (Ogeltree) and one is usually blocked and/or out of position (Witherspoon).

    Without a freak offense you can’t win in the NFL if you can’t stop the run. No matter what changes Fish tries to make on the offense (rb, tackle, offensive coordinator) they won’t be successful if Rams can’t stop the run. JL Dunbar is one piece that makes them a lot better against the run.

  9. alonestartexan says: Oct 1, 2013 10:55 PM

    Schmitty,

    I’m not a Texans fan, I’m a Titans fan, so I could care less about Matt Schaub.

    Ben Tate is worth a 1st rd. pick, obviously he’s a much better back than Trent Richardson.

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