Week in Review: Anderson joins Hall of Fame Pool

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Taking a look at the major stories from the week that was.

+ Willie Anderson was named as a first-year candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, becoming the first modern candidate with a legitimate chance since Boomer Esiason.

+ Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth confirmed that he had a second procedure recently but not exactly for the same injury.

+ Vontaze Burfict suffered a thigh bruise against the Chicago Bears, which limited him on Thursday. The second-year defensive signal-caller was upgraded to full participation on Friday.

+ Steelers tight end Heath Miller could make his season debut against the Bengals, though he was limited during practice on Thursday and Friday. Otherwise, the Steelers are literally hurting heading into Monday Night's game against the Bengals. Recently signed center Fernando Velasco is starting for Pittsburgh.

+ The Cincinnati Bengals announced that Monday Night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers sold out.

+ An all-time look at the Bengals on Monday Night Football.

+ Cincinnati hosted four linebackers this week for a workout: Former Giants and Falcons linebacker Michael Boley, local products Etienne Sabino and Maalik Bomar, and former Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill.

+ While deflecting attention about playing his first game against the Steelers, linebacker James Harrison will be giving some insight on Pittsburgh.

+ Andy Dalton's third-year progress needs a win against the Steelers.

From Bears weekGrading the Cincinnati Bengals | Film Room: Bengals run defense | Film Room: Dalton's best throw | Film Room: Bengals third downsFive things we learnedThe Monday TouchdownUnsung HeroGoat of the Game |

The community voted Vontaze Burfict as the team's MVP against the Bears.

After Anthony Collins shut down Julius Peppers against the Bears, the left tackle told reporters "I'm a grown man, too."

Impressive television ratings in Cincinnati for the regular season opener on Sunday.

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