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Cincinnati Bengals: Concerns Entering Week 1

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Jul 25, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) takes a break during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Health of Andrew Whitworth

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 having him to go against the likes of Julius Peppers and the rest of the Bears’ pass-rushers would have been very beneficial going into Week 1, but it appears he’s not going to play, leaving Anthony Collins to get his first start in two years against the All-Pro Peppers.

And, after Whitworth didn’t play this entire preseason, it’s easy to question if he’ll be able to play at the level the Bengals have become accustomed to him playing at. You don’t often see an offensive line lose it’s best pass-blocker, who also ends up being the quarterback’s blindside protector, and not see a significant drop-off as far as pass-protection goes.

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