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CHICAGO -- The intrigue is over. Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth's status for Sunday's opener at Chicago is no longer in doubt.
|Andrew Whitworth will miss the season opener due to a knee injury.|
Cincinnati switched the veteran lineman's injury status from doubtful to out. He had missed practice all week. Whitworth has been trying to recover from offseason knee surgery after he injured the knee in a game last October.
Whitworth will officially miss his first start in more than four seasons. Had he played, he would have started in his 68th consecutive game, a figure that led all Bengals.
Now, defensive tackle Domata Peko takes over as the team's new consecutive starts streak leader. He'll be starting his 52nd consecutive game for Cincinnati. Defensive end Michael Johnson takes over the new consecutive games played tally as he appears in his 68th straight game.
In Whitworth's place will go backup Anthony Collins, a sixth-year player out of Kansas. Collins played in Whitworth's place in the preseason and appeared in five games last season. This will be his first start since 2011. His job won't be very easy, either. He'll be charged with going up against 11-year veteran defensive end Julius Peppers.