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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Willie Anderson (OT), Cincinnati

Player - Willie Anderson - Cincinnati Bengals: "Four-time Pro Bowl selection was unable to earn a fifth-straight Honolulu trip in '07, limited by the first serious injury problems of his 12-year career ... Played in only seven games, after missing only two contests from 1996-2006 ... Had a streak of 116 straight starts snapped when he missed the Oct. 14 Kansas City game ... Played in the last two games after eight straight weeks on inactive status, aiding sack-free performances in both contests as Bengals posted new team-record for fewest sacks allowed (17).
2007 PARTICIPATION: Started Games 1-4 and 6 at RT, but his snaps were limited by injuries ... Inactive for Games 5 and 7-14 ... Played as reserve in Games 15-16.
2007 HIGHLIGHTS: Played in his 181st Bengals game on Dec. 30 at Miami, tying K Jim Breech for sixth place on team's all-time service list ... Stands 26 games behind all-time leader Ken Riley (207) ... Anderson leads current Bengals in total NFL games (181) and total NFL starts (173) ... His streak of 116 straight games played that ended Oct. 14 at Kansas City ranks sixth in team annals ... Contributed to pass protection allowing only 17 sacks on the season, setting franchise record-low, (previously 21, set in 2005) ... Bengals ranked second in NFL in fewest sacks allowed, behind only New Orleans (16) ... Aided offensive output of 531 yards on Sept. 16 at Cleveland ... Blocked for 328 net passing yards Sept. 23 at Seattle ... On Oct. 21 vs. N.Y. Jets, helped offense to its most balanced output of the season, with 218 yards passing and 177 rushing for 395 total."

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