St. Louis Rams starting linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was suspended Wednesday for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Dunbar, who was second on the team with a career-high 157 tackles last season, is able to participate in all team activities prior to the suspension, which begins with the season-opening game against Arizona. He will be able to practice and play in all exhibition contests prior to the opener.
Dunbar made a brief statement and took one question in a short media session Wednesday. He appeared emotional as he walked away following the comments.
''I just want to say that I did not take a performance enhancing drug,'' Dunbar said. ''I mistakenly took something that prompted a failed drug test.''
The 27-year-old Dunbar also will miss games against Atlanta, Dallas and San Francisco. He eligible to return on Sept. 27.
''I sincerely apologize to my teammates (and) the organization,'' he said. ''I am deeply saddened by this. But I plan to...