Jun 12, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) watches work outs at mini camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Whitworth was essentially ruled out Friday when he was unable to practice, meaning he’s missed the entire week of practice leading up to a game, which is an automatic “out” under Marvin Lewis. Today, the team made it official, though there is optimism he could return soon:
"But on Friday there was optimism he would be back sooner rather than later, yet it was unclear if that meant as soon as Wednesday in preparation for next Monday night’s game at Paul Brown Stadium against the Steelers. Now that Whitworth’s streak of 67 straight starts (including post season) is over, defensive tackle Domata Peko is the new leader with 51 straight starts while right end Michael Johnson and punter Kevin Huber have the lead with 67 straight games."
The Pro Bowl tackle has been recovering from a knee ailment and missed all four preseason games. Backup tackle Anthony Collins will start in his place. Collins played in 44 games and started 18 during his six-year career.