A Ray Of Sunshine For Bengals: Carlos Dunlap "Rapidly Improving"

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

In a slew of bad injury news for the Bengals, including a potential setback for Dre Kirkpatrick and the uncertainty around Kyle Cook, it appears that the team is on the brink of getting one of their young stars back. Marvin Lewis addressed the media before Tuesday's practice and spoke on the status of defensive end Carlos Dunlap's progress.

If you remember, Dunlap sprained his knee very early in the first preseason game against the Jets. Aside from incurring two other major knee injuries to starters Rey Maualuga and Travelle Wharton in that game, the Bengals have since suffered through other injuries to Jermaine Gresham, Cook and others who have been in and out of the lineup all preseason.

By Lewis' comments, it would appear that the likelihood of Dunlap playing in the season opener against the Ravens is pretty high, but that is nothing more than an assumption at this point. We'll know more when that official injury report comes out, but don't expect to see Dunlap in the preseason finale against the Colts.

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