Rams Insider: How Dunbar's suspension affects the Rams

Rams Insider: How Dunbar's suspension affects the Rams

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TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 23: Linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar #58 of the St. Louis Rams tackles running back Doug Martin #22 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December 23, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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by FootballStL Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 14 at 6:13 PM

(FootballStL) -- Jo-Lonn Dunbar became one of the Rams defensive anchors last season. A unit that was looking to improve on an NFL high in sacks from a year ago, will not have Dunbar for the first four ames- after his suspension for violating the league's policy against performance enhancing substances.

How will Dunbar's absence affect the Rams defense this year?

Dunbar plays a tough and intimidating style, that gives the Rams defense some bite. It was Dunbar's vicious hit on San Francisco's Alex Smith last season that put the quarterback out with a concussion. Smith's injury allowed Colin Kaepernick to guide the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

He plays strong side linebacker. Dunbar's possible replacement , Will Witherspoon, has spent most of his career on the weakside. Dunbar was durable, while playing in all 16 regular season games. The Rams are losing a starting player at a position where the team lacks significant depth.

He was very productive for the Rams last season, after piling up 113 tackles, including a team high 16 for a loss. Dunbar had 12 hits on opposing quarterbacks, 2 interceptions while playing in 98 percent of the Rams defensive snaps.

Dunbar will miss the follow games this season:

Cardinals
Falcons
Cowboys
49ers

He is eligible to return on Friday September 27th.

 

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