Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Six NFC West suspensions and counting
By Mike Sando
The suspensions NFC West players Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Demarcus Dobbs incurred Wednesday brought to six the total for the division this offseason.
The St. Louis Rams account for three of them after the NFL levied a four-game suspension against Dunbar, a linebacker, under its policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Dunbar denied taking PEDs and said he ingested a banned substance unknowingly. Current teammate Isaiah Pead and former teammate Rokevious Watkins, since released, face one-game bans for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse.
Dunbar will be missed. He played better than 98 percent of the defensive snaps last season and finished with 4.5 sacks. Veteran Will Witherspoon is the most logical fill-in for Dunbar when the Rams open the season with games against Arizona, Atlanta, Dallas and San Francisco.
Dobbs, suspended for one game under the substance-abuse policy, played 41 snaps on the defensive line last season. He also provided insurance at tight end.
The chart below ranks suspended NFC West players by base salary lost. Players lose one-seventeenth of their base salaries for every game suspended. They can also reduce their chances for earning incentives.