October 9, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith (52) tries to get by Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) in the fourth quarter of the game at EverBank Field. The Bengals beat the Jaguars 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals to be without Pro Bowl lineman vs Chicago Bears

The final injury report is out, and the Cincinnati Bengals have officially listed Andrew Whitworth as doubtful, which actually should be viewed as a positive. Since he hasn’t practiced the past three weeks, many were beginning to wonder when Whit would be healthy enough to return to game-action. The Pro Bowl left tackle is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, and having him to go against the likes of Julius Peppers and the rest of the Bears’ pass-rushers would have been very beneficial going into Week 1, but he’s not going to play if he doesn’t at least get one practice in this week, and missing today’s session would mean he’s missed the last three weeks of practice. If he’s doubtful now, that means there was a small chance he could have played this week, and those chances of him playing will only increase as the weeks progress. With Whitworth out, Anthony Collins will start in his place. His last start came in 2011 vs the St. Louis Rams.

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