The Cincinnati Bengals are sending one more player to Orlando, Florida.
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap has been added to the Pro Bowl on January 29th, replacing the Texans‘ Jadeveon Clowney, who will pass on the annual All-star game due to wrist and elbow injuries.
Dunlap tallied eight sacks in 2016 on a Bengals’ defense that finished in a five-way tie in the category with 33. Dunlap has led the team in sacks in each of the past four seasons and in 2015 leapfrogged Eddie Edwards for the franchise lead. He currently holds a five-sack lead on fellow teammate and Pro-Bowler Geno Atkins.
This will be the second Pro-Bowl trip for the First-Team All-SEC defensive end. He had one tackle and a pass deflection as a part of Team Irvin‘s 49-27 victory in last year’s Pro Bowl.
Dunlap (70) and Atkins (29) were two of three members of the Bengals’ defense to land on the NFL’s list of Top-100 players heading into last season. Reggie Nelson (60) was the third, and he, too, earned a Pro-Bowl bid in 2016, as a first-year member of the Oakland Raiders.
At the halfway point of 2016, Dunlap was the second-highest-graded edge defender in the league by Pro Football Focus, trailing only reigning Super Bowl MVP Von Miller.
Cincinnati’s front seven, however, was ranked 19th overall by PFF at season’s end.