Carlos Dunlap ready for season opener

AP

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap’s summer got off to a good start when he signed a contract extension with the team, but things took a bad turn when he suffered a concussion early in training camp. 

Dunlap got back to work last week after an extended absence that some around the Bengals attributed to an abundance of caution about the defensive end’s health and he was a full participant again on Monday. Dunlap stressed the importance of this week’s work for getting him ready to make an impact against the Bears in the season opener on Sunday. 

“This is real action. There is no blanks. You need to be ready and prepare like this is the season,” Dunlap said, via the Bengals website. “Preseason is over with you need to be on point. I missed the preseason so one of my things is get my conditioning up because those guys got the game reps I wasn’t able to get so I am getting my conditioning up, doing extra running as a team. The D-Line runs with me. We are all getting ready, we are getting ready for the Bears. That’s our main focus right now, the Bears.”

With Dunlap back in action alongside Geno Atkins, Michael Johnson and Domata Peko, the defensive line figures to be a major strength for the Bengals again this season and a stiff early test for Chicago’s rebuilt offensive line. 

8 responses to “Carlos Dunlap ready for season opener

  1. Good news there for Bengal fans. The starting D-Line in Cincy is pretty damn good!! Geno Atkins, Domata Peko, Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap. They have depth too!

  2. “Good news there for Bengal fans. The starting D-Line in Cincy is pretty damn good!!”
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    It is good news, because the D will be on the field a lot. Unless of course any of those 4 guys can QB.

  3. Preseason is a bad proposition for all teams. When each play is nothing more than a glorified series of auto accident in uniforms, established players cannot afford to be on the same playing field with un-drafted free agents and 6th rounders that would club their own mother like a baby seal to make the practice squad.

    I would keep all of the starters out until the last preseason game. Whitworth, for example, is on the beginnings of the downside of his career. He has to stay out of the preseason. In fact, I would give him a limo ride to the field and let him dress during the National Anthem.

  4. crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 3, 2013 9:00 AM
    The season opener is considered a big game. Therefore, the bengals will keep to form and choke.
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    You must have missed the part where they are playing Jay Cutler.

  5. I don’t dislike the Bengals or Andy Dalton. For those of you posting about how Cutler and the Bears just remember that Cutler is better than Dalton and the Bears are not a bad team.

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