Rams' Dunbar gets back to work

Jo-Lonn Dunbar (Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS — Jo-Lonn Dunbar was back to work as normal on Friday afternoon. After what happened in Miami last weekend, just a few days before the start of training camp, Friday’s first full-squad practice was a relief.

“Oh, absolutely,” the linebacker said. “It was definitely a relief to be back considering everything. So I'm happy to be back, happy to be playing football and doing something I'd rather be doing.”

Dunbar, 29, was arrested early last Sunday morning in Miami for disorderly conduct following an altercation outside a nightclub.

He spoke about the incident on Friday, but could not offer specifics.

“I can't say much just because it's a legal issue,” Dunbar said. “It’s unfortunate but the legal issue has to take care of its due process first before I can speak on the matter. I apologize but that's kind of the way the system works.”

Dunbar said he spoke with Rams coach Jeff Fisher about what happened.

“I spoke to Coach and everybody internally from the top down and I kind of just of explained the situation and the circumstances,” he said. “They have a clear understanding about my act and my instance in this situation. They are understanding and it was unfortunate but hopefully we can just get past it and we can move on.”

This is obviously not the kind of start Dunbar wanted to his season.

He was suspended for four games for the start of the 2013 season because of a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He was released by the Rams and eventually resigned, but finished with just 39 tackles in 12 games (10 starts).

Dunbar said Friday he was motivated his offseason by his disappointing campaign a year ago. He said he reported to camp at 227 pounds after playing at around 240 pounds last season.

“I’ve lost a lot of weight,” he said. “I spent my offseason doing a lot of DB drills and a lot of LB drills, just making sure I can play in space and be an operative in space. I’m expecting to play well this year.”

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