Friday, September 11, 2009
Eagles' RT Andrews ruled out against Panthers
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Remember all that bravado from Shawn Andrews about how he would be ready for the season opener? Strike that. Eagles coach Andy Reid said Andrews would miss the game with a back injury and that he's not sure about the player's status the rest of the way.
“Well, right now we’ll just see," Reid said. "It’s important that it calms down and we’ll go from there. We’ll just see how it responds here."
But later in Friday's news conference, Reid indicated that Winston Justice could "absolutely" win the starting job at right tackle. I think that's a pretty clear challenge to Andrews that he needs to sink or swim. Part of the reason his big brother, Stacy, was signed was to make Shawn feel more comfortable. But having a family member around hasn't kept the younger Andrews on the field.
Reid acknowledged that he worked out free-agent veteran Jon Runyan on Thursday and said he wanted a "firsthand" look at how his former player was progressing after offseason microfracture surgery. Reid didn't want to comment on how Runyan performed, but it's likely the Eagles will try to sign him after the first game.
Meanwhile, Brian Westbrook practiced Friday, but then left early. Reid said that Westbrook would be ready to go Sunday. He also indicated that Michael Vick would make the road trip in order to spend more time with his new teammates.
So all in all, things seem pretty normal for the Eagles.