Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Andrews is done for the year
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Hope this one didn't catch you by surprise: Eagles right tackle Shawn Andrews has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the season, according to the Inquirer's blog. After missing most of the '08 season with a back injury, the Eagles had expected Andrews to return to his Pro Bowl form in '09. But he tweaked his back early in training camp and only briefly returned to the lineup before being sidelined before the first game.
Andrews' release will clear up a roster spot for the newly signed backup quarterback Jeff Garcia. Winston Justice becomes the full-time starter at right tackle and don't be surprised if Andy Reid signs veteran Jon Runyan in the next day or so. Runyan has worked out with the Chiefs, Eagles and Bills in the past week. His preference would obviously be to sign with the Eagles.
Andrews has been a huge disappointment to the club since he missed training camp last year while dealing with depression. He's a talented player, but his commitment to football has been in question for a while now.
Last year, Reid kept a spot open for Andrews after he underwent back surgery. But at this point, the coach has had enough. I think it's the right move for the team. Better to cut your losses now than have the Andrews roller coaster going the entire season. You try to see if Justice is the real deal and bring in Runyan to provide insurance.