MCL sprains are tough injuries to come back from, and it appears starting cornerback Terence Newman isn’t healing fast enough to warrant him playing this weekend when the Cincinnati Bengals host the San Diego Chargers:
Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Anthony Collins (73) and linebacker Michael Boley (53) celebrate the victory after the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
It also appears Anthony Collins’ ankle injury from Sunday is significant enough that the team is holding him out for now in hopes he practice fully on Friday and start at left tackle on Sunday.
If he doesn’t play, Andrew Whitworth will go back to his natural LT spot while Kevin Zeitler plays right guard and Mike Pollak moves over to left guard.
He’s been playing at a very high level though and the Bengals likely won’t go far in the playoff without him. The line has done significantly better with him at LT and Whit inside at LG.
It is good though that starting center Kyle Cook was able to return to practice after leaving Sunday’s game with an injured ankle.
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