Dennis Roland returns to Bengals

AP

The Bengals aren’t sure if left tackle Andrew Whitworth will be able to play in Week One because of a knee injury and the team is moving to shore up the position ahead of the game by bringing back a familiar face.

Tackle Dennis Roland was cut over the weekend as the team dropped to 53 players, but a league source tells PFT that he will be re-signing with the team on Tuesday. There is no word of the corresponding move to create room on the roster, though there’s a good chance that it will involve wide receiver Andrew Hawkins going on injured reserve with the designation to return when teams are allowed to start using that option on Tuesday afternoon.

Anthony Collins would be in line to start if Whitworth can’t go, but Roland would give the team experienced depth behind him and right tackle Andre Smith. To hear Whitworth talk about it, Roland will be needed in that role.

“I have to try to keep my head down and keep working,” Whitworth said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Roland has played 66 games and started 30 of them for the Bengals over the past five seasons.