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Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap put in a full practice Monday and expects to be ready for Sunday's opener.  He conceded, though, that he needs this week to prepare.  "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," he told the team website.  We're willing to take on that bit of risk to start the high-upside Dunlap against the Bears in Week 1.

The Bengals had both of their starting DEs Monday for the 1st time since the early days of training camp.  LDE Carlos Dunlap sat out more than 2 weeks because of a concussion.  RDE Michael Johnson had missed 11 days -- since the preseason opener -- with a sore back.  Monday's practice was pad-less, but HC Marvin Lewis had said he expected to get many injured guys back this week.  The fact that Dunlap has been cleared should allow him to get back to his previous high level.  Johnson's back issue is a bit more worrisome for its potential to recur.  Both bring starter value to the DL slots in your IDP league.  The presence of both is important for the Bengals' team D to approach its terrific scoring potential.

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap has been out of Bengals workouts this week after suffering a concussion.  The team hasn't said when it expects him back, likely because it depends on when doctors clear him and/or when symptoms subside.  Concussions are obviously abundant, and a single occurrence often doesn't keep a player out for more than a week, maybe 2.  With Dunlap, though, preseason injuries have become an annual thing.  If he can bounce back from this and hit the regular season at 100%, Cincinnati's left DE might finally be ready to bust out for your IDP squad.  But health has been his biggest "if" through 3 seasons.


Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap signed a 5-year, $40 million extension Monday.  It was the same day that the deadline passed without a long-term deal for franchised DE Michael Johnson.  We've all been waiting for a statistical breakout from Dunlap, but the contract shows that the team believes in what he has shown so far.  It also might indicate that the Bengals worried how expensive Dunlap could get on the open market next spring -- especially with a healthy 2013.  Johnson, meanwhile, will play out the season under the franchise tag.  Both bring plenty of talent, but Dunlap is the superior player and carries more upside in your IDP league.


12:05pm EST 12/18/11

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap is active, as expected, against the Rams today. He has missed basically the past 5 games because of a Week 9 hamstring injury. Dunlap is a high-risk, high-reward IDP play against the eminently sackable Rams.

9:14pm EST 12/16/11

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap is probable for Sunday's meeting with St. Louis. He said earlier this week that his bothersome hamstring feels much better, and he has practiced all week. Dunlap certainly has bust potential because of the injury, but he also comes with a high ceiling against the Rams.

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap stopped short Thursday of saying he'll return Sunday against the Rams. He did say he's optimistic about his chances of playing, though. Dunlap also said that his hamstring feels "much better" than it did when he tried to return against Baltimore on Nov. 20. Dunlap played sparingly and ineffectively that day and hasn't gotten back on the field since. He has practiced this week, though, and appears on track. Ultimately, his status will be up to the coaches. Dunlap will be a high-risk, high-reward IDP option this week.

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap returned to a limited practice Wednesday, his 1st on-field action since Week 11. That was the game in which he played sparingly and reaggravated his hamstring injury. Including that outing, Dunlap has basically missed the past 5 after a huge game against the Titans. If he's ready to go, he'll carry a high IDP ceiling into a matchup with the Rams Sunday. We'll see what the reports look like heading into the weekend.

7:08pm EST 12/2/11

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap is doubtful for Sunday's rematch with the Steelers because of the hamstring injury that has basically kept him out the past 3 weeks. (Dunlap played sparingly and ineffectively in Week 11 against Baltimore.) He missed practice all week.

12:33pm EST 11/27/11

As expected, Cincinnati DE Carlos Dunlap is inactive today with a hamstring injury. He tried to play through it last week but got on the field for only limited snaps and proved ineffective. LDE Robert Geathers will get more playing time as a result of Dunlap's absence.

6:57pm EST 11/25/11

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap is doubtful for Week 12 after missing all 3 practices. Dunlap returned to action last week after missing a game with a hamstring injury. He played just 12 snaps, though, and wasn't himself. His likely absence means more playing time for LDE Robert Geathers.

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap is questionable for Sunday's matchup with Baltimore despite participating in limited practice all week. He missed Week 10 with a hamstring injury. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that there's "a good chance he'll play." We have to wonder how many snaps fellow LDE Robert Geathers will take, but Dunlap clearly carries more upside and is the much better player. IDP owners should check the inactives to make sure Dunlap is a go.

12:03pm EST 11/13/11

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Steelers.  It's a big blow to Cincinnati's defense -- Dunlap is their best pass-rusher.

8:32pm EST 11/11/11

So much for "cramps." Bengals LDE Carlos Dunlap is questionable for Sunday's game because of the hamstring injury that ended his Week 9 1 play early. Dunlap returned to limited practice on Friday but is listed as questionable. He's expected to be a gameday decision. He's worth waiting on in a matchup with Pittsburgh for IDP owners needing to fill a DL slot.

Bengals LDE Carlos Dunlap skipped practice Wednesday because of the right hamstring he hurt against the Titans in Week 9. He did work out on the side with a team rehab specialist, though. The issue might be a little more than the "cramping" Dunlap attributed it to early in the week, but we expect him to be fine for the Pittsburgh matchup.

Bengals LDE Carlos Dunlap laid on the field grabbing his right hamstring and had to be helped off after his 2nd sack Sunday. Dunlap said afterward that it was just cramps, though. Assuming that's true, he shouldn't miss any time. That's good, because he was terrific against Titans RT David Stewart in Week 9. All Stewart had done before this game was lead all OTs in pass-block rating on ProFootballFocus.com. Dunlap's numbers have failed to reflect his play for most of the year, but all 3 of his sacks have come the past 2 weeks.

The Bengals effectively rotated 8 defensive linemen in Sunday's win over Cleveland. DEs Michael Johnson and Robert Geathers started alongside DTs Domata Peko and Geno Atkins. DE Carlos Dunlap, DE Frostee Rucker, DL Jonathan Fanene and DT Pat Sims also saw significant time. The line was key in limiting Peyton Hillis to just 57 yards, and the rotation will help keep pass rushers fresh throughout the year. Johnson is the most intriguing among the starters, though Atkins carries significant sack upside in DT-required IDP leagues. Dunlap, of course, brings the highest fantasy ceiling of all involved. Fanene has been an occasional IDP contributor and is helped by his inside-outside versatility.

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap finished Sunday's game down on the field with an apparent knee injury. It turns out he merely got cleated by teammate DE Michael Johnson and suffered some minor cuts. He'll be fine. More noteworthy is the fact that he looked good in limited pass-rush duty against the Browns. He didn't register any stats but hit Colt McCoy twice. As Dunlap gets further away from the preseason he missed with a knee strain, the team should give him more playing time.

DE Carlos Dunlap has been sidelined since the 1st week of camp with a knee strain, but he's expected to be back for the start of the regular season. Even if that happens, the situation has to make his owners nervous. Dunlap's talent has never been in question. His motivation has. Has he been keeping himself in shape while missing practice? We might not get the answer until Week 1. With Michael Johnson and Robert Geathers starting, Dunlap can't be drafted as more than a DL3 right now -- especially in tackle-friendly formats.

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