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Suspended Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar released on Tuesday

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St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar learned a valuable lesson about violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing substances.

Not only can it cost you playing time, but your job.

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Dunbar was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the league’s policy, but St. Louis went a step further and released him today. Even if another team picks up Dunbar this week, he will still have to serve that four-game suspension.

The Rams’ decision – or Dunbar’s – will definitely cost the linebacker.

Dunbar signed a two-year deal worth $3.05 million with St. Louis in 2012. He was slated to earn $1.3 million this season (minus $305,882 due to the suspension).

However, Dunbar is currently unemployed and left hoping another team will sign him. While another team will likely take a chance on Dunbar (come on, this is the NFL), he will probably have to earn the league minimum and prove himself - again - before earning a better contract.

Dunbar entered the league as an undrafted free agent with New Orleans in 2008. He had four productive seasons with the Saints before signing with the Rams in 2012. Dunbar started in all 16 games last year, totaling 113 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 12 hits on opposing quarterbacks, two interceptions and five passes defensed.

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