Maybe it's a small window that glances into Cincinnati's season; the year that the Bengals can make the postseason for a fourth straight season. It's the type of thing that makes you go... "oooookay." Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth joined the team's Physically Unable to Perform list with an injury described as a calf strain. The injury happened Wednesday night, conjectures Geoff Hobson at Bengals.com, tweaking the calf during a conditioning test.
Whitworth joins Mike Pollak, a favorite to start at center (but not without obvious competition), on the PUP. Pollak, who stretched with the team on Thursday, suffered a knee injury during the offseason. Rookie Russell Bodine worked at center, spending time after practice with offensive line coach Paul Alexander to work on technique. Backup Marshall Newhouse worked at left tackle.
Surprising some was the return of Clint Boling, who joined the first-team offense at left guard after recovering from an ACL tear (which was heavily wrapped) last season on Dec. 1 in San Diego.
Based on reports, Thursday's first-team offensive line went:
Left Tackle: Marshall Newhouse
Left Guard: Clint Boling
Center: Russell Bodine
Right Guard: Kevin Zeitler
Right Tackle: Andre Smith
Bodine could be the biggest winner from Thursday, getting valuable snaps on the first-team offense without much competition. Figure that he and Pollak will compete until the regular season starts in early September. Whitworth should be fine, reclaiming his spot at left tackle sooner rather than later. Barring significant setbacks, Boling will likely stay at left guard and the right side is untouched.