Andrew Whitworth one of the most underrated left tackles in the game has been downgraded to out for the Bengals season-opener against the Bears.

Whitworth dealing with a knee injury will miss his first start in the past 68 games. He had originally been listed on the injury report as doubtful to play so the downgrade isn't a surprise.

But that doesn't mean quarterback Andy Dalton has to be pleased about it. Or Whitworth for that matter.

“I have to continue to progress the way I have” Whitworth said this week via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's weird I haven't played in a game but I've been out here every day even the days they've had days off. I'm just trying to keep my head down and keep working.”