With the Bengals set to hit the road for Chicago soon to prepare for their Week 1 opener against the playoff-contending Bears, there’s a bit of unease regarding the status of offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth. The Pro Bowl left tackle is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, and after he didn’t play this entire preseason, it’s easy to question if he’s ready to go against the likes of Julius Peppers and the rest of the Bears’ pass-rushers.
That is, if Whitworth is even able to make the trip and suit up, which he couldn’t confirm he’d do when speaking to the media today:
Whitworth didn’t give a definite yes he’ll be ready for Sunday’s opener. Would only say he’s still working to be ready as soon as he can.
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) September 2, 2013
The Bengals do have one of the better backup tackles you’ll find in Anthony Collins, but you can’t overstate Whitworth’s importance for not only another playoff season, but a team hoping to make it all the way to the Super Bowl this year.
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