Bengals Veteran T Andrew Whitworth Expected To Start Monday Night Against Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals veteran tackle Andrew Whitworth is active for the Monday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and expected to start after missing all of the preseason and the first regular season game last week with a knee problem.

Whitworth, a one-time Pro Bowler, had a procedure done on one of his knees during the offseason to clean up some scar tissue that had bothered him the last few years. However, he needed a second procedure done on his knee after suffering a setback during training camp.

Whitworth will be going up against Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds Monday night as Pittsburgh is expected to rotate their outside linebackers once again. The only difference this week is that Jones is expected to make his first career start.

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    Maurkice Pouncey’s injury left Steelers ‘shell-shocked’

    The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense sputtered badly in their season opener, but offensive coordinator Todd Haley remains optimistic about the team’s ability to bounce back.

    During a Monday appearance on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access,”
    NFL Media columnist Mike Silver shared a conversation with Haley, who
    said the Steelers
    were “shell-shocked” after star center Maurkice Pouncey went down with
    season-ending knee injury in the first series of the opener against the Tennessee Titans.

    Haley told Silver that Pouncey’s injury got into the head of guard David DeCastro,
    who accidentally plowed into the back of the center’s right leg while
    trying to make a cut block. Pouncey’s absence also scuttled the team’s
    plan to use Kelvin Beachum at tight end, further compromising their game plan.

    Haley believes the Steelers can re-group by leaning on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to carry the team until the running game can get on its feet and injured tight end Heath Miller can return to the lineup.

    It all checks out on this end. Roethlisberger long has been one of
    the game’s most underrated quarterbacks. We don’t doubt his ability to
    keep the Steelers upright. Of course, the Steelers have to keep Roethlisberger upright as well.