Bengals Defensive End Carlos Dunlap Returns To Practice

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball and is tackled by Kelly Jennings #23 and Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Though Carlos Dunlap missed Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals pass rush stepped up (unlike certain receivers when A.J. Green went down), posting five quarterback sacks, 13 quarterback hits and five additional pressures. That being said Dunlap is arguably the best 4-3 defensive end in the NFL and perhaps the best defensive player on the Cincinnati Bengals roster this year.

According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, though he was limited, Dunlap returned to practice on Wednesday taking part in team drills. On the second to last play against the Tennessee Titans, Dunlap sped around the right offensive tackle to drop Matt Hasselbeck for his second quarterback sack in the game. Dunlap was clearly in pain as he gripped his leg on what was presumed (and hoped to be) a nasty cramp. An injured hamstring limited his work during the week and the team kept him out against the Steelers last weekend.

Pro Football Focus, scouting and grading every play, shows that Dunlap, even though he missed a game, is leading the team with 24 quarterback pressures, nearly double Geno Atkins who is second on the team with 12 pressures.

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