CINCINNATI -- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis shied away Saturday afternoon from saying whether injured offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth would play Monday night when Cincinnati hosts Pittsburgh, but there is reason to believe he might.
After being held out of practices most of the past two weeks while he rehabbed from an aggravation of a knee injury, Whitworth was finally restored to limited participation earlier this week. The time that he did use to work out was well spent, Lewis said.
"Andrew feels really good," Lewis said. "He's had a good week of work, preparation. He feels good physically. He's very good physically. He's proving to me that he's very good physically."
Officially, Whitworth was listed as questionable on the injury report that was released Saturday.
The Pro Bowl lineman had been declared doubtful most of last week until being ruled out one day before the Bengals opened their season at Chicago. In his place, backup Anthony Collins started, blocking against Bears defensive end Julius Peppers. Collins didn't allow a sack.
When asked if he had mapped out a possible plan for either playing Whitworth sparingly or significantly in Monday's game, Lewis was non-committal in his response. All he said was, "it's a good problem to have."
Lewis has been able to tell that Whitworth has been eager to get back to full strength.
"He's like a caged lion, yes sir. That would be a good term for him," Lewis said. "A bear, actually. A big bear."
Here is the rest of the injury report for both the Bengals and Steelers:
QUESTIONABLE: Bengals -- OT Andrew Whitworth (knee)