Carlos Dunlap Injury: Updates on Bengals DE's Concussion
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap has been one of the Cincinnati Bengals' most consistent pass-rushers since he entered the league in 2010, but his status is currently up in the air as he deals with a concussion.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Dunlap did not practice on Wednesday, July 31, due to a concussion that he suffered earlier in the week:
Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap is not practicing right now due to a concussion he suffered earlier in the week. He is out for now.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2013
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 4
Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer:
No surprises on practice report: Whitworth (knee), Pollak (knee) and Ghee (concussion) DNP. Devon Still (knee) was limited.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 4, 2013
The good news for Bengals is Carlos Dunlap and Dre Kirkpatrick, both with concussions, were full participants.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 4, 2013
Adam Schefter didn't have any further news regarding Dunlap's condition, but NFL teams have obviously become extremely cautious when it comes to head injuries. The Bengals will likely be overly cautious since they don't have anything to gain by rushing Dunlap back into action right now.
If Dunlap were a rookie or someone new to the system, then the missed time could be a concern in terms of his readiness for the regular season, but Dunlap will be able to contribute whenever he comes back. There haven't been any indications that the concussion is significant, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
The former second-round pick out of Florida had a productive season last year as he picked up six sacks in 14 games. Dunlap's best season came as a rookie in 2010, though, as he accrued 9.5 sacks in just 12 contests. The Bengals have a lot of defensive depth, but Dunlap is easily one of their most important contributors.
The organization made that clear by signing him to a six-year, $40 million extension a couple weeks ago, as Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported:
Carlos Dunlap's 6yr/ $40M deal w/CIN includes $4.5M in escalators. He gets $20M in 1st 2 yrs of deal and $18.7M by March 2014.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) July 15, 2013
Having made such a huge investment, the Bengals can't afford to take any risks. Until everything checks out and Dunlap is declared 100 percent healthy, expect him to take it easy and work his way back slowly.
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