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Anderson’s Opening Day Status Still Up in the Air


The opening day status of playing for Bengals right tackle Willie Anderson remains up in the air, as he continues to wear a protective boot on his right foot. Last week the four-time Pro Bowl tackle had a procedure done on the foot. “It’s a weird procedure, actually a shock-treatment procedure, where they basically go in and injure the area around the injury to get it to heal back,” said Anderson. “They said it was a 60 percent chance that it will.”

The 32-year-old tackle was somewhat coy about what was truly wrong with the foot, but coach Marvin Lewis did say something about Willie’s heel, both otherwise he himself did not go into detail about what was hindering the big lineman. Anderson played with the injury most of the 2006 season, and while he was expecting to be on the field shortly after showing up at training camp, that was not the case and Lewis told him to get a second opinion on what was wrong.

“I’m grateful he did because usually you don’t have coaches saying, ‘Let’s go find out exactly what it is,’ ” Anderson said. “I’m real grateful that he sent me down there because I was believing what I was told. I was believing it was this when it really was that. Hopefully, this procedure can at least get me through this season, but I’m disappointed that I found out this late … exactly what was going wrong,” he said. “If I had known, I could have had the procedure done in January.”

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