Rams cut suspended linebacker Dunbar

The St. Louis Rams' patience officially ended today with suspended linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

They cut him from the reserve-suspended list following his four-game suspension last month for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy.

Dunbar issued a statement explaining his punishment, but that obviously didn't satisfy the Rams.

"First and foremost, I just want to say I did not take a performance-enhancing drug," Dunbar said then. "I mistakenly took something that prompted a failed drug test. I want to say that I sincerely apologize to my teammates, the organization, coach [Jeff] Fisher, [Les] Snead (Rams general manager), my family and friends. I am deeply saddened by this but I plan to serve my four-game suspension and get back to playing football as soon as possible."

Dunbar, who was in the final year of a two-year contract and was due $1.3 million prior to the suspension and release started every game last season and recorded 115 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks, 13 tackles for losses and two interceptions.

He's been replaced by Will Witherspoon as the starter.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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