The Philadelphia Eagles placed Andrews on injured reserve Tuesday, ending the two-time Pro Bowl lineman's season. Andrews missed the entire preseason and season opener with a back injury. He briefly returned to practice, but his surgically repaired back flared up again.Well, that's one way to get rid of that useless piece of garbage. I was thinking for sure it would be a WR being traded, but hey, I'll take this. This will most likely mean that Winston Justice will be playing right tackle, unless the Eagles decide to re-sign Jon Runyan, who worked out with the Eagles last week. And while Justice is now infamous for allowing 6 of the 12 sacks on McNabb during that SNF game against New York 2 years ago, he really seems to be improving and leaps and bounds and he played quite all right against Carolina Sunday.
"It's disappointing to lose any player for the entire season, but we have full confidence in the other lineman we have on this roster to help this team succeed," coach Andy Reid said. "We wish Shawn all the best as he recovers and rehabilitates from this injury."
Quarterback Jeff Garcia took Andrews' spot on the roster. Garcia was signed to provide insurance because Donovan McNabb has a cracked rib and is uncertain to play this week.
Philadelphia revamped its offensive line in the offseason, replacing longtime bookend tackles Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan. The Eagles signed Andrews' brother, Stacy Andrews, and acquired his college roommate, Jason Peters. They were counting on Andrews moving from right guard to anchor the right tackle spot.
Winston Justice replaced him in the starting lineup. Runyan remains unsigned and worked out with the team last week.
The eccentric Andrews missed all of training camp in 2008 with depression. He returned for the season opener, but went down in Week 2 with a herniated disc.
Andrews practiced early last week in preparation for Philadelphia's game against Carolina. He called himself a "beast" and seemed excited about trying to block Julius Peppers. But Andrews tweaked his back Wednesday, sat out the next two days and couldn't play.
Besides, any day that the Eagles can get rid of a Sanjaya Malakar wannabe is a good day for Eagles fans. He'll be back next year in training camp, but if I were a betting man, I would bet that he will suffer the same fate that Alex Mortensen suffered this pre-season.