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    Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    By Joe Lyons

    A little over 30 minutes into Tuesday afternoon's practice at Rams Park, linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar rejoined his teammates.

    After completing his four-game NFL suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, Dunbar, 28, re-signed with the Rams Tuesday after passing a physical.

    “He's excited and we're glad to have him,'' Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said after practice. “Good timing (because) we don't know where Will's going to be this week. (Jo-Lonn's) been working out and he's in good shape.''

    Witherspoon left the loss to San Francisco with a hamstring injury and did not practice Tuesday.

    Dunbar, a 6-foot-, 226-pounder, was released by the Rams just before the start of the season. He rejoins a defense that has struggled in three consecutive losses.

    Dunbar finished second on the team with 157 tackles a year ago, was fourth on the team with 4˝ sacks, and added two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He brings a much-needed physical presence to a defense that has been a major disappointment four games into the 2013 campaign.

    To make room on the roster for Dunbar, the Rams released veteran tackle Max Starks.

    “We appreciate the effort,'' Fisher said. “He was great to have in the locker room for a couple of weeks.''

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    Injured players sitting out Tuesday's workout were Witherspoon (hamstring), tackle Rodger Saffold (knee), defensive end William Hayes (knee) and cornerback Cortland Finnegan (hamstring). Guard Harvey Dahl missed practice with an undisclosed injury.

    • Wide receiver Emory Blake and cornerback back Darren Woodson were re-signed to the practice squad on Tuesday, with fullback Eric Stevens getting released. The Rams had an open spot on the practice squad after Cody Davis was promoted to replace fellow safety T.J. McDonald after McDonald was placed on injured reserve with a lower-leg fracture.


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    Re: Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    Okay JLD, welcome back!

    To vindicate yourself, you are now expected to carry the Rams defense on your shoulders.

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    Re: Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    He can take as much performance enhancing drugs as he wants if he gets this soft defense to pull their finger out! (IMO)

    J-Lau may be the vocal leader but this guy just brings the nasty...

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    Re: Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    Fantastic to have him back, sure he has his shortcomings, but at least he brings some much needed aggression to a lack luster D.

    Nothing more potent than to have a guy who is already in your face as a player, but who now also has a point to prove and a massive chip on his shoulder.

    Bring the wood!

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    Re: Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by Bing69 View Post
    He can take as much performance enhancing drugs as he wants if he gets this soft defense to pull their finger out! (IMO)

    J-Lau may be the vocal leader but this guy just brings the nasty...
    he can get the job done without drugs...why get suspended again? lol

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    Re: Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    werent many here tearing Dunbar down and vocalising he be released when it was 1st reported that he was to receive the suspension.................? (Debbie Downer look and sound effects here)

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    Re: Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by punahou View Post
    werent many here tearing Dunbar down and vocalising he be released when it was 1st reported that he was to receive the suspension.................? (Debbie Downer look and sound effects here)
    Yes he was criticized, and deservedly so, as he really let his teammates down via poor choices. A couple of important missed tackles might have been made, and our record may have been better had Dunbar been able to play from the get-go. That said, I am glad he's back. We need any and all the help we can get!! I am hoping he'll make some plays that really gets our D fired up! The crowd too!!
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    Re: Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    Finally we can get some good plays from the LBs

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    Re: Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by punahou View Post
    werent many here tearing Dunbar down and vocalising he be released when it was 1st reported that he was to receive the suspension.................? (Debbie Downer look and sound effects here)
    I certainly was vocal about his issue and the fact I believe he let the team down. I still strongly feel that way. So, the best way forward is to play lights out, pick the guy's up and provide a spark. Mediocrity is not needed.
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    Re: Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by citr92 View Post
    he can get the job done without drugs...why get suspended again? lol
    Tongue in cheek my man. Its more a point about how lackluster our D has been so far.

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    Re: Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by Bing69 View Post
    Tongue in cheek my man. Its more a point about how lackluster our D has been so far.
    i know it wasn't a serious comment....but yeh

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    Re: Rams report: LB Dunbar returns to Rams after serving 4-game suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by Bing69 View Post
    Tongue in cheek my man. Its more a point about how lackluster our D has been so far.
    Does it mean I am too much of a car guy if my brain read tongue as torque before I had to do a double-take? Or maybe it's that I need a vision check?


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