News

Print
RSS

Monday notes: Lewis mulling Whit at guard

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Head coach Marvin Lewis wouldn't discuss the prospect of leaving left tackle Andrew Whitworth at left guard and starting Anthony Collins at left tackle.


Andrew Whitworth

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed at Monday's news conference that he expects left guard Clint Boling to go on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL and that he plans on right guard Kevin Zeitler returning to the lineup after missing the last two games with a foot injury.

But he wouldn't discuss the prospect of leaving left tackle Andrew Whitworth at left guard and starting Anthony Collins at left tackle for Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the Colts at Paul Brown Stadium. That's the combo that played all but five snaps of Sunday's 17-10 victory over the Chargers that featured 164 yards rushing and helped melt the last 4:30 of the game with eight straight runs.

Lewis did say Whitworth is an option (how could he not be after his powerful performance?), but he and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden praised the play of six-year veteran Mike Pollack's work the last two games and he is also a possibility. So is fifth-round pick Tanner Hawkinson, who also backs up left tackle.

» Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who carried seven of those times down the stretch, said people have been calling him Mariano Rivera, baseball's greatest closer.

"I guess that's a new nickname," The Law Firm said.

» Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick looked at the ball placed in his locker Monday by equipment managers Jeff Brickner and Adam Knollman and said his first NFL interception is going to his mother. Sunday was an emotional day for Kirkpatrick, the 2012 first-round draft pick out of Alabama whose career was derailed early by injuries. Now he's had to navigate time on the bench because of the Bengals veterans that have played so well in front of him at cornerback.

"I didn't even want to talk about it. I just wanted to let it soak in," Kirkpatrick said Monday after he bolted from the locker room Sunday. "Enjoy it."

Lewis said he expects Kirkpatrick to become an NFL starter at some point, but praised his recent play on special teams (he prevented Kevin Huber's team-record tying 75-yard punt Sunday from going into the end zone), as well as his various snaps from scrimmage.

"We had to get him recovered from the Alabama-Auburn game first. He looked like those two little kids they showed on TV with tears running down their face," Lewis joked. "Everything after that was up.

"You've got to love Dre. He just wants to be out there playing every snap and doing well. Proving to whomever, himself included, that he belongs. He just has to understand he belongs. He belongs."

 

Recent Articles

  • Bengals defense checking Denver

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 4 hours ago

    The Bengals bounced back from early adversity to take a 20-7 half-time lead over the Broncos Monday night at Paul Brown Stadium.

    Views: 882
  • Bengals-Steelers flexed to Sunday night

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Dec 21, 2014

    We knew deep down the day the schedule came out back in April, but now it’s official. No matter what happens Monday night against Denver at Paul Brown Stadium (8:30-ESPN and Cincinnati’s Channel 5) the Bengals play for the AFC North tittle in Pittsburgh next Sunday.

    Views: 6,091
  • Bengals need prime number for postseason

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Dec 21, 2014

    After three losses by at least three touchdowns to teams in the middle of the AFC playoff chase, the North leading Bengals (9-4-1) play one of those referendum games Monday night (8:30-ESPN Cincinnati’s Channel 5) at Paul Brown Stadium against Peyton Manning’s 11-3 Broncos. A victory does even more than that and qualifies them for the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

    Views: 17,806
  • Broncos at Bengals Preview

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Dec 20, 2014

    Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals preview

    Views: 7,578
  • Saturday notes: Lamur returns as doubtful; Weather check

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Dec 20, 2014

    The Bengals got some good news when they returned to the practice field Saturday morning at Paul Brown Stadium and SAM linebacker Emmanuel Lamur was in the stretching line with his helmet. Lamur, who left Sunday’s game in Cleveland with a hamstring injury, was limited and classified as doubtful, but it looks like he’s got a chance to play Monday (8:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 and ESPN) against Denver.

    Views: 7,148

Recent Videos

Photos