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Defensive End Carlos Dunlap's Selection Puts Six Bengals In The Pro Bowl

Dunlap moves up from first alternate and will head to Hawaii as first Bengals DE in nearly 40 years to make the Pro Bowl.

Carlos Dunlap is going bowling.

The Bengals' defensive end, who had a breakthrough season with a career-high 13.5 sacks in 2015, is heading to the Pro Bowl, slated for Sunday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. (ET) at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Dunlap, a first alternate in December’s final voting, replaces Jets end Muhammad Wilkerson, who is injured.

It'll be Dunlap's first appearance in the annual NFL all-star game.

His addition puts six Bengals in the Pro Bowl, their highest total since the 1989 season. Five Bengals were selected in initial voting: defensive tackle Geno Atkins, wide receiver A.J. Green, tight end Tyler Eifert, safety Reggie Nelson and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth.

Dunlap is the first Bengals defensive end to go to the Pro Bowl since Coy Bacon in 1976-77, according to the team.

 “I was as still waiting for the fat lady to sing before I got too high or too low,” Dunlap told the Bengals' official web site. “Anything can happen. Anything did happen. This helps, and caps off the great season we had as a team."

Dunlap's sack total was second in franchise history behind Bacon’s 22 in 1976. He registered the fourth-highest total in the league behind Houston leader J.J. Watt (17.5), Oakland’s Khalil Mack (15), and Detroit’s Ziggy Ansah (14.5).

Dunlap also led the Bengals with 31 quarterback hits. He was second in tackles for loss (16), and led the defensive line in tackles (55).

Profootballfocus.com had Dunlap with 15 sacks to lead all 4-3 ends in the NFL. PFF had him third in the league in QB hits and fifth in forcing hurried throws.

He added two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, and was one of only two NFL players this season to block two field goals. Dunlap was voted AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 15, after blocking a field goal.

AFC and NFC all-stars will be assigned to teams during the Pro Bowl Draft, televised on ESPN2 on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.



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