Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth is listed as questionable on the team's final injury report for Cincinnati's week two meeting against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Feeling as strong as he has in a long time, and completing a full week's worth of practice, Whitworth is turning to Lewis for an epic "campaign" that would feature Whitworth making his season debut against the Steelers this Monday night.
Asked if Whitworth could be compared to a caged lion, Lewis said, "Bear. A bear is more like it."
"Andrew feels really good. He's had a good week of preparation, work. He feels good physically. Very good physically. He's been proving to me he feels very good physically."
Whitworth missed the regular season opener against the Chicago Bears last week and three weeks of practices before that. Collins will start this weekend if Whitworth isn't able to go, or if the team decides to ease Whitworth in. But Lewis is still deciding that.
Former Bengals offensive tackle Willie Anderson would like to see Whitworth playing this Monday night.
"Whit deserves the Monday night spotlight," said Anderson via Bengals.com. "He's one of the big reasons they've been able to get back to this success."
Cornerback Brandon Ghee (concussion) and backup interior offensive lineman Mike Pollak (knee) are out, and most likely Jeromy Miles (hamstring), who is doubtful after missing practice this week.
As for the Steelers, cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle), tight end Heath Miller (knee), and running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) have already been ruled out.