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Despite another disappointing preseason, the time is now for Carlos Dunlap

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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-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals need fourth-year defensive end Carlos Dunlap to have a big year in 2013 to prove to everyone they made the right decision giving him a six-year, $40 million contract on July 15. But thus far, the only thing Dunlap has proved is that he’s still as injury-prone as ever after missing an extended portion of the preseason after suffering a concussion early in training camp.

Preseason injuries have hampered Dunlap throughout his career. He missed two games in 2010 due to a concussion and knee strain. In 2011, a knee strain knocked him out of the entire preseason, and last year he only saw a couple series in the preseason opener before suffering another knee strain. Out of 16 preseason games, Dunlap has played in only four.