The Cincinnati Bengals are practicing for the final time before Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, and there appears to be a glimmer of hope that both defensive end Carlos Dunlap and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth will be be able to play Sunday.
They ware both listed as questionable while dealing with concussions:
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 20, 2013
Whit has helmet but no comment on status — Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) December 20, 2013
In Whitworth’s case, it’s very hard to imagine a player could suffer a concussion on Wednesday and play on Sunday. Expect the latest offensive line shift to see Anthony Collins to start at left tackle, Mike Pollak at left guard and Kevin Zeitler at right guard.
Wallace Gilberry will start at defensive end if Carlos Dunlap misses Sunday.
With cornerback Terence Newman likely out as he recovers from an MCL sprain, Dre Kirkpatrick will likely draw his second-straight start this week. Brandon Ghee should also continue to see an increased number of snaps.
If linebacker James Harrison is out, that means more playing time for Vinnie Rey and Jayson DiManche.
The Minnesota Vikings will likely have All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson and backup Toby Gerhart on Sunday.
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