Dunlap was the center of a controversy Sunday against the Colts for his hit against Andrew Luck that was ruled roughing the passer due to his, "full body weight on top of Luck," as Lance McAlister of WLW 700 reports. This was the second of two weak penalties called against Dunlap (the other where he hit Luck on the foot as part of a pass rush, that was ruled a late hit). The first penalty allowed for the Colts to kick a field goal right before halftime, the latter he essentially wiped out by recording another sack that took the Colts deep enough that they missed the ensuing field goal attempt.
Dunlap had a sack in the Bengals' Week 17 win over Baltimore, giving him 7.5 sacks on the season. Dunlap's sack total is a little disappointing, though looking over the last five years, his 13.5 sacks in 2015 look like the outlier. Dunlap also had an interception that he returned for a touchdown this season.
Dunlap (chest) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Vikings. Dunlap suffered the injury in last Sunday's loss to the Bears but was able to finish the week with a full practice Friday. The Bengals' front seven will have a tall task against the Vikings in Week 15 with linebackers Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and Nick Vigil (ankle) both ruled out.
Dunlap left Sunday's game against the Bears with a chest injury and is questionable to return. Dunlap has 3.5 sacks in his last three matchups prior to Sunday, and he's consistently logging near full snap counts. For the time being, Chris Smith and Jordan Willis will slot in at defensive end.
Dunlap increased his sack total to 5.5 in Monday night's loss to the Steelers. Dunlap started off the season slowly but now has 3.5 sacks over the Bengals' last three games. Cincinnati has a matchup against Mitchell Trubisky and the run-heavy Bears offense in Week 14.
|7||10/21||@Kansas City Chiefs||4|
|8||10/28||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6|
|10||11/11||New Orleans Saints||20|
|14||12/09||@Los Angeles Chargers||23|