Julius Peppers licking his chops as Andrew Whitworth looks unlikely against Chicago Bears

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Nov 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) blocks Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson (94) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Cincinnati won the game 28-6. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports



With the Bengals set to hit the road for Chicago soon to prepare for their Week 1 opener against the playoff-contending Bears, there’s a bit of unease regarding the status of offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth. The Pro Bowl left tackle is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, and after he didn’t play this entire preseason, it’s easy to question if he’s ready to go against the likes of Julius Peppers and the rest of the Bears’ pass-rushers.

That is, if Whitworth is even able to make the trip and suit up, which he couldn’t confirm he’d do when speaking to the media today:

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