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Dec 25, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Bears 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Cincinnati Bengals will be without Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth on Sunday in their season-opener against the Chicago Bears, a team the finished 8th in the league with 41 sacks last year, 11.5 of which were by All-Pro defensive end Julius Peppers.

At age 32, Peppers has the third-most career sacks (111.5) of any active NFL player. He’ll likely be matched-up against Anthony Collins, a backup tackle who hasn’t started a game for the Bengals since his lone start in 2011.

Last year, Collins had all of 64 snaps as a backup tackle behind Whitworth and Andre Smith, but playing behind two Pro Bowl-caliber tackles shows how hard it’s been for Collins to get on the field for the Bengals.

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