Nov 25, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) and quarterback Andy Dalton (14) complain to a referee during the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Raiders 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth is finally healthy enough to practice, and though it’s still unlikely he’ll make his debut this week vs the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football, the fact that he’s on the field after undergoing a second knee procedure is encouraging to say the least.
He continues to insist he’s ready to roll, and said his knee feels fine after practicing yesterday for the firs time since his recent setback:
While it’s unlikely he’ll play Monday night, having him back in the coming weeks to against the likes of Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers), Chandler Jones (New England Patriots), having your best pass-blocking lineman would certainly be nice.
A Pro Bowler last season, he was by far the best lineman on the team protecting Andy Dalton and rated in the top six among tackles in the league according to Pro Football Focus.