Aug 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) is helped off the field by trainers during the game against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Carlos Dunlap's Injury Expected To Cost Him A Month

Carlos Dunlap was injured in the Bengals' preseason opener and is expected to miss a month of time.

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Carlos Dunlap Injured In Bengals' Preseason Opener; Expected To Miss A Month

Considering that Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap fell to the ground clutching his knee in the team's first preseason game Friday against the New York Jets, it may be considered good news that the knee is only sprained. Nonetheless, the Bengals have revealed that Dunlap is expected to miss a month of action, which could put him in danger of being absent for Cincinnati's Week 1 match up against the Baltimore Ravens.

Dunlap hopes to make it back before the start of the regular season, but it remains to be seen if he can accomplish that goal. Dunlap, who is currently penciled in as a starter at defensive end, had 4.5 sacks for the Bengals in 2011, which was a significant drop off from the 9.5 he put up in his rookie season in 2010.

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Carlos Dunlap, Rey Maualuga, Travelle Wharton All Injured In Bengals Preseason Opener

One reason preseason football gets a lukewarm reception from fans, players and coaches is the additional risk for injury when the games count for nothing. The Cincinnati Bengals are getting hit hard with injuries, having lost three players already in the first four minutes of their game against the New York Jets.

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap hit the ground grabbing his knee. He laid there for a time before walking off the field under his own power, a good sign. You can see Dunlap go down in the GIF below:

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Offensive lineman Travelle Wharton also went down, leaving the game. He went down on the third offensive play of the game. Wharton was signed as a free agent during the offseason to beef up the offensive line.

Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga also had what looked like a knee injury that forced him out of the game.

The seriousness of all three injuries is unknown at this time.

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