St Louis Rams: LB David Vobora Released, Deal with Ben Leber Made Official

Ethan NovakAnalyst IIAugust 13, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 13:  David Vobora #58 of the St. Louis Rams looks on the field during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 13, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 28-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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After making the signing of veteran linebacker Ben Leber official, the St Louis Rams made room on the roster for Leber by releasing linebacker David Vobora, a guy who earned the title of Mr. Irrelevant in the 2008 draft and went on to start 16 games over the past three seasons. From the St. Louis Rams official Twitter:

Rams also officially signed LB Ben Leber. Team released David Vobora to make room for him. Best of luck to DV.

There was speculation in St. Louis that Na’il Diggs would be the one to go once Leber was officially in horns, but clearly that isn’t the case.

While the release of Vobora is a little surprising, it certainly is understandable. He never brought anything special to the table during his time and was simply a stop-gap until a more reliable option came along.

While he did have a full season’s worth of starts throughout his career in St Louis, his playing time was more a product of the Rams' depth issues. He was however an adequate special teams player, and he will probably continue that role elsewhere. Unfortunately, Rams fans will probably always remember him for his year-long battle with steroid accusations.

On September 30th, 2009, a few weeks after being named the Rams’ starting linebacker, Vobora was suspended four games for violating the league’s performance enhancing substance abuse policy.   

Vobora testified that the supplement which caused the positive test had illegal substances that weren’t listed on the label and, despite serving the entirety of the suspension, sued the company who provided him with the supplement. In June of this year, Vobora won the case and was rewarded $5.4 million.

Now that Vobora has cleared his name I wish him the best of luck in building it back up, wherever he may receive that opportunity.


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