The Cincinnati Bengals have officially listed star left tackle Andrew Whitworth as questionable for Monday night’s AFC North rivalry beatdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the decision likely comes down to whether or not Marvin Lewis wants to give Whitworth a week of rest or feels that the Bengals really need him in order to defeat the Steelers, who are fresh off of an embarrassing loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Whitworth was able to practice the entire week on a limited basis, and it looks like he is healthy enough to play if called upon. Rest might be the best thing for the 31-year-old, though, and this is a situation worth monitoring that probably just comes down to what Lewis wants to do. If Whitworth does not play, then that bodes well for Brett Keisel and rookie Jarvis Jones, who will look to take advantage of not having to face one of the game’s best tackles.
If Whitworth sits out Monday, then Anthony Collins will be charged with blocking Andy Dalton’s blindside, but there shouldn’t be any worries there at all if Collins played as well as he did last week. He looked terrific in an extremely difficult matchup against Chicago Bears RE Julius Peppers, and there is no reason for the Bengals to feel stressed about playing Collins on Monday. Whitworth’s knee health is of the utmost importance, but, again, he seems healthy enough to play.