NFL CAREER – Dunbar has risen from joining the club as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and special teams contributor into one of the club’s most productive defenders as he led the linebacker corps in 2011 with 90 tackles, when he appeared in all 16 games with 14 starts. Since entering the NFL, he’s appeared in 53 games with 27 starts, recording 163 stops (69 solo), two sacks, 12 pass defenses, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 34 special teams tackles after a standout career at Boston College.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms, 7/29/11; Placed on injured reserve, 12/8/09; Signed to active roster from practice squad, 9/6/08; Waived, 8/31/08; Signed by New Orleans to a three-year contract as an undrafted free agent, 4/30/08.
2011 – Played in 16 games with 14 starts, opening five in place of an injured Jonathan Vilma at MLB and the other nine at SLB…Ranked third on the team with 90 tackles (56 solo), one sack, seven pass defenses, two forced fumbles and two special teams stops…Made first start of season at SLB vs. Chicago, Sept. 18 and recorded six tackles (four solo)…Made first start of season in the middle in place of an injured Vilma Sept. 25, vs. Houston and led the team with a season-high 12 tackles (eight solo) and two pass defenses…Returned to MLB spot in Vilma’s place for a three-game stretch vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 6, a period when he recorded 26 tackles and two forced fumbles…Contributed with seven tackles vs. Buccaneers…Recorded nine tackles and a forced fumble at Atlanta, Nov. 13…Registered ten tackles (five solo) and one forced fumble vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 28…Started at SLB and recorded seven tackles (five solo), two pass defenses and sacked Titans QB Jake Locker at the New Orleans eight-yard line on the last play of the game to preserve the victory at Tennessee, Dec. 11…Recorded four tackles (three solo) and tied a career-high with two pass defenses vs. Atlanta, Dec. 26…Started at MLB in regular season finale vs. Carolina, 1/1/12 and made six tackles (four solo)…Appeared in both postseason contests with one start and recorded six tackles (three solo), all stops which occurred in his start in NFC Divisional Playoff vs. San Francisco, 1/14/12. 2010 – Played in 13 games with eight starts and recorded career-high 50 tackles (28 solo), a sack, two pass defenses, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four special teams stops…Inactive for three contests…Started in opener vs. Minnesota, Sept. 9 and posted seven tackles (three solo), including one for a loss…Made three tackles from starting spot at San Francisco, Sept. 20, and tipped a fourth quarter pass that CB Tracy Porter intercepted…Started and posted career-high 13 tackles (ten solo), with one stop for a loss…Made four tackles (three solo) from starting spot and forced a fumble at Tampa Bay, Oct. 17…Started and made three tackles, including his first career sack, when he dropped QB Colt McCoy for a three-yard loss vs. Cleveland, Oct. 24…Played as reserve and made five tackles with a special teams stop at Dallas, Nov. 25…Started at Atlanta, Dec. 27 and led team with eight tackles (five solo)…Made four tackles and recovered a fumble as reserve vs. Tampa Bay, 1/2/11…Saw extensive action in NFC Wild Card Playoff at Seattle, 1/8/11 and recorded eight tackles (four solo), with two for a loss. 2009 – Started three games and appeared in nine prior to be being placed on injured reserve with injured hamstring…Had 16 tackles (eight solo) and 12 special teams tackles…Inactive for three-game stretch early (at Buffalo, Sept 27-vs. NY Giants, Oct. 18) with hamstring injury…Returned at Miami, Oct. 25, and had a tackle, knocked down a pass and added a special teams stop…Started vs. Atlanta, Nov. 2 and had six stops…Posted career-high seven tackles (three solo) vs. Carolina…Tied career-high with three special teams tackles at Tampa Bay, Nov. 22. Also added two defensive stops…Started at Washington, Dec. 6, but injured hamstring again early in contest. Placed on injured reserve, Dec. 8. 2008 – Appeared in 15 games with two starts and recorded seven tackles (two solo), two pass defenses and 16 special teams tackles…Made first career start at Washington, Sept. 14, and notched five tackles (two solo) and two passes defensed…Had big night on special teams vs. Minnesota, Oct. 6, making career-high three solo tackles as well as throwing key blocks on Reggie Bush's two punt return TDs. COLLEGE – Two-year starter and captain at BC, notching 269 tackles with 2.5 sacks and two interceptions over his 46-game career…As a junior tied an NCAA Division I-A record when he returned two fumbles for touchdowns in the same game.
PERSONAL – Born in Syracuse, N.Y…All-State RB and also played LB at Thomas J. Corcoran (Syracuse, N.Y.) HS.
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