Shawn Andrews Injured, Several Eagles Sidelined

Michoel BotwinickSenior Analyst IJuly 31, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Shawn Andrews #73 of the Philadelphia Eagles yells during the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on September 17, 2007  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Shawn Andrews, Jason Peters, Brian Westbrook, Trevor Laws, Asante Samuel, and Victor Abiamiri were all placed on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list at some point last afternoon.

Westbrook (ankle) and Abiamiri (pectoral muscle) are not expected to return until the middle of August, according to

Andrews, who experienced tightness in his back, and Peters, who suffered a quad spasm, were injured during the Eagles' first training camp practice of 2009, a no-contact, informal affair. Peters' injury is considered less serious.

"I don't think either one are too seriously injured, which is a good thing," coach Andy Reid said.

Unfortunately, Andrews' back, which sidelined him from all but two games last year, may become a recurring issue. He had surgery on a herniated disc later last season, and hoped to be coming back 100 percent healthy. Now this may not be the case.

"I've been busting my (butt) all year, doing everything I was supposed to do, mentally, physically," said Andrews, who was considerably frustrated. "Other than my rookie year, this is actually the year I've [most] looked forward to coming to training camp. I've honestly put out so much work getting myself together all around. It's really tough. But that's just life, man."

Eagles fans know he must get back soon; Winston Justice is taking reps in his place.

"From a coaching standpoint, you want the [starters] out there every snap," Reid said. "You want them out there and practicing. But at the same time you want to make sure you're smart with this thing and you don't want to make whatever they have worse."

Simply stated, the likelihood is that Andrews' injury is not a serious one. He may be sidelined for about a week, and soon his injury—the problem—will be forgotten.

But we all know that a problem forgotten is not a problem solved.