(FootballStL) -- The tenure of suspended linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar seemed to be over when the St. Louis Rams released him on Tuesday. One day later, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher wasn’t ruling out a return.
“We haven’t said this is it as far as his future’s concerned here, but we felt it was in the best interest of the organization right now,” Fisher said. “We thought it was in the best interest of the organization right now to make that move, and we’ll just address things down the road, I guess.”
Fisher added there was a “good possibility” Dunbar could return to the Rams.
Return or no return, Dunbar will have to sit out the first four games of the season after violating the league’s performance enhancing substance policy. The release of Dunbar might be only a cost-saving measure for the Rams, who could bring him back with a non-guaranteed contract.
The release of Dunbar, who was second on the team in tackles last year, came three weeks after the suspension was handed down, which added some curious speculation as to why release him now. But Jeff Fisher was quick to squander any personal motives for the release.
“There was nothing,” Fisher said. “He and I discussed it, we shared it with you guys, we got it put behind us with the club and his teammates are concerned. There were no other issues. It was just a decision we had to make.”
The business move now puts veteran Will Witherspoon as the fill-in at the vacant spot. It’s a move the Rams have no problem making.
“Spoon has done a great job since he’s been here,” Fisher added. “He’s been a consistent, productive player every place he’s been. Obviously, we brought Will in here with the knowledge that Jo-Lonn was not going to be available.”
There will be two extremes on each side of middle linebacker James Laurinaitis because of the Dunbar suspension and release. On the left will be the team’s youngest player Alec Ogletree with the team’s oldest player, Witherspoon, on the right.
Whether Dunbar fits into that mix is unknown at this time, but what is known is that he wouldn’t play until October 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.