St. Louis Rams

July 25, 2014

Rams' Dunbar relieved to get back to football

Linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar said it was a relief to be out on the practice field with the St. Louis Rams five days after he had an altercation with NBA player Donte Greene and his brother outside a Miami Beach nightclub.

"It was a definitely a relief to be back considering everything," Dunbar said. "I'm happy to be back, I'm happy to be back playing football and doing something I would rather be doing."

Greene was charged with battery and he had to be subdued with a taser gun by Miami Beach police when he allegedly struck Dunbar from behind in the head and neck area early Sunday morning.

Dunbar, who claimed self-defense, was arrested for disorderly conduct and breach of peace. He wasn't charged with battery as was initially reported.

Greene's brother, Dmetrique, also was arrested for disorderly conduct and breach of peace.

"I can't say much just because it is a legal issue," Dunbar said. "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 wasn't injured during the incident.

Greene was a first-round pick of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies in 2008. He played four seasons with the Sacramento Kings.

Dunbar was suspended for the first four games last season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

He returned in Week 5, but he had a disappointing season with 54 tackles in 12 games.

Dunbar said he trimmed weight -- he's down to 227 pounds after playing at 240 pounds last year -- and he spent time trying to improve his pass coverage skills during the offseason in the hope of returning to the form that he had in 2012 when he registered 157 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks for the Rams.

"Completely motivated," Dunbar said. "I spent my whole offseason training. I lost a lot of weight. I spent my offseason doing a lot of (defensive back) drills, just making sure I can play in space. I'm expecting to play very well this year."

Quinn gets bobblehead

To commemorate defensive Robert Quinn's 19 sacks last season, the Rams will hand out a bobblehead of him to the first 15,0000 fans attending their game against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 19 at the Edward Jones Dome.

The bobblehead has Quinn performing his "Bernie" sack dance.

"To have a bobblehead is definitely a humbling experience," Quinn said. "The good man upstairs put me in the right position. I'll put one my mantel once I get one."

The bobblehead means Quinn is married to the "Bernie" sack dance for the time being, but he said he could spice things up if he has a multi-sack game.

"I'm going to stick with the Bernie, but God-willing, if I have a multi-sack game, something different might come out," Quinn said. "I'm a dancer, so you never know."

Fashion maven

Rams wide receiver Austin Pettus made a fashion statement on the first official day of training camp, wearing red cleats with red socks and white tights.

"We have a little style thing going on in the receiver's room, trying to change it up here and there," Pettus said. "Started out with the red cleats today, and I think you'll see some stuff from the receivers throughout camp."

Pettus said he borrowed the matching red socks from Rams wide Stedman Bailey.

"I think it's a friendly competition between us all seeing who can get the most admirers," Pettus said.

Minority coaches

Four former NFL players have joined the Rams' coaching staff during training camp as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship program.

The four coaches are: Former Tennessee Titans running back John Simon, who currently coaches at Southern Miss; former Titans defensive Tony Brown, who is an assistant at Tennessee-Chattanooga; former Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson, who is an assistant at Florida; and former Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints safety Pierson Prioleau, who coaches at Radford High School in Virginia.

Quick hits

Former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner will be reporting from Rams training camp on Sunday night for the NFL Network's Inside Training Camp Live.

Warner's appearance at Rams Park is part of what is being billed as "Homecoming Day" for the NFL Network.

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp will return to Tampa, Fla., to report on the Buccaneers and linebacker Willie McGinest will return to New England to report on the Patriots.

* Rookie cornerback E.J. Gaines, from the University of Missouri, intercepted a pass by Sam Bradford during practice.

* Wide receiver Austin Pettus made a nice catch, coming back to grab an underthrown pass by quarterback Austin Davis.

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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