Carlos Dunlap in danger of missing opener

August, 13, 2012
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The bad news continues for the Cincinnati Bengals. A day after learning left guard Travelle Wharton is lost for the season, the Bengals found out that they could be without defensive end Carlos Dunlap for the season opener at the Ravens on "Monday Night Football."

Dunlap is expected to be sidelined four weeks with a sprained right knee, coach Marvin Lewis told reporters. He injured the knee in the first quarter of Friday's preseason opener against the Jets. Under this timetable, Dunlap is in jeopardy of missing the Sept. 9 opener in Baltimore.

“It’s just a matter of how Carlos’ body comes around," Lewis said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He’s been two days of the new, diligent Carlos Dunlap. He’s aiming to be ready, to prove that he’s ready to go. He’s in a race.”

Dunlap is the Bengals' best edge rusher and he was focused on being an every-down player this year. Injuries have always limited his impact, and that appears to be the case for time being.

The Bengals moved Dunlap into the starting spot at left end because five-year starter Robert Geathers was out with a knee injury. That means Jamaal Anderson, a 2007 first-round draft pick by the Falcons, will start Thursday's preseason game at Atlanta.

Dunlap was having an impressive training camp and was recently ranked No. 14 on the AFC North's list of top 25 players for this season.

“I mean you can do all you want to prepare and prevent injuries but you can’t prevent all of them," Dunlap said. "I feel like I am fully prepared for the ones I can’t control but it is still the game of football. There’s things that happen and now I have to do what I have to do to get back out there."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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