Thursday, October 31, 2013
Whitworth among Bengals' inactives
By Coley Harvey
MIAMI -- The injury-weary Cincinnati Bengals came into Thursday night's game against the Miami Dolphins battered and bruised and hoping that at least two of their banged-up starters might actually be able to play.
One was, one wasn't.
Less than two hours before kickoff, the Bengals announced that Pro Bowl left offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth was among a group of inactives that also included linebackers Rey Maualuga and Michael Boley. Maualuga's inactive status had already been announced when he was declared out on Wednesday's injury report. Boley, who was fighting through a hamstring injury during this short week, had been hoping to play.
The other injured starter whose playing status was in doubt much of the week was receiver Mohamed Sanu. He didn't practice the first days of the week after trying to get over a shoulder injury suffered in last Sunday's 49-9 win over the New York Jets. He ended up being declared active after warming up before the game alongside other receivers, like Andrew Hawkins, who had been on the injured reserve list until Thursday morning. Hawkins, along with Ryan Whalen, will be active for the game.
In place of Whitworth, the Bengals will start backup tackle Anthony Collins. The reserve will be making his 20th career start and second of the season. Collins started against the Chicago Bears in Week 1, drawing the difficult task of keeping Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers out of the backfield. He did his job. Peppers didn't record a sack.
In place of Maualuga, the Bengals will start Vincent Rey at middle linebacker. This will be his second career start.
Along with Maualuga's injury -- one that is expected to keep the linebacker out three to four weeks -- the Bengals also lost defensive back Taylor Mays for the season with a shoulder injury suffered in Sunday's game. Earlier this week, he joined defensive tackle Devon Still and cornerback Leon Hall as being declared out.
Here is the full list of inactives for both teams: