Bengals downgrade Andrew Whitworth from doubtful to out

David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

It was a long-shot at best that Whitworth would play the regular season opener against the Bears. The team downgraded his status to out Saturday afternoon.

Cincinnati Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth was doubtful (at best) to play against the Chicago Bears. Whitworth has been recovering from a surgically repaired knee that doesn't seem to be responding as quickly as the team had hoped. It was serious enough for the team to add another layer of depth, re-signing Dennis Roland who was released during final cuts and a free agent.

Now Whitworth has been downgraded to "out".

According to Stacy Dales with the NFL Network, Whitworth is not even traveling with the team to Chicago when the Bengals kickoff the regular season against the Bears.

Whitworth will join offensive guard Mike Pollak (knee) and cornerback Brandon Ghee (concussion). Backup offensive tackle Anthony Collins will start at left tackle this Sunday, where he hasn't started since his rookie season in 2008.

This will snap Whitworth's streak of 67 consecutive starts. Defensive tackle Domata Peko will take over that streak, preparing for his 52nd consecutive start.

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