The Bengals injury list is getting bigger by the day.
Already down four starters, the Bengals will now be without their best offensive lineman after placing Andrew Whitworth on the Active Physically Unable to Perform list.
Whitworth, who's dealing with a calf injury, now joins Jermaine Gresham, Marvin Jones, Mike Pollak and Geno Atkins among others on PUP. Whitworth continues to count against the team’s roster limit and can be activated to practice as soon as he is cleared medically.
A stalwart along the offensive line, Whitworth has played in at least 14 games in seven of his eight NFL seasons, and played in all 16 in six of them. Hopefully, this is more veteran rest than anything.
In his absence, Whitworth was replaced by Marshall Newhouse at left tackle. Newhouse also got some run with the first-team in offense in a few OTA practices when Whit was given rest days. What looked like a minor offseason signing, the acquisition of Newhouse is starting to look similar to the 2012 acquisition of Mike Pollak.
Signed as a journeyman from the Indianapolis Colts, Pollak went on to become a key lineman last year when Kevin Zeitler and Clint Boling deal with injuries at different points of the year. It's starting to look like that could be the case with Newhouse, who was signed from the Green Bay Packers this offseason after the former starter fell out of favor there.
The Bengals also waived punter T.J. Conley, a second-year player from Idaho. Conley had been signed by the Bengals as a free agent this offseason to backup up Kevin Huber during camp. The Bengals apparently felt that wasn't necessary.