(ST. LOUIS) — Rather than wait for his suspension to end, the St. Louis Rams have decided to cut linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar.
Dunbar was suspended Aug. 14 for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
At the time, Dunbar denied any wrongdoing.
“First and foremost, I just want to say I did not take a performance-enhancing drug,” Dunbar said. “I mistakenly took something that prompted a failed drug test.”
The 28-year-old Dunbar had a career year in 2012, his first with the Rams. Last season, he recorded a career-high 115 tackles, two interceptions, and 4.5 sacks.
He had spent the previous four seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
Dunbar was also scheduled to earn $1.3 million in base salary this season, but will now only receive a quarter of that figure.
Dunbar will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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