When offensive guard Shawn Andrews was selected No. 16 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft after switching with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles fans knew they were getting a force at the guard position.
When the Eagles traded John Welbourn to the Kansas City Chiefs, Andrews was thrust into a starting role at right guard and responded to the challenge with a fantastic preseason.
Unfortunately, that was short lived as he broke his leg in the first contest of the season, which happened to be against division rival New York Giants, and Andrews was forced to watch the entire season sidelined from the injury.
When the 2005 season started, Andrews returned to the starting position where he started all 16 games for the Eagles, who were injury plagued yet again, as they finished with a 6-10 record.
He did play at a high enough level where he garnered his first Pro Bowl appearance as an alternate.
Shawn again returned in 2006 as the Eagles top offensive lineman and the Eagles had no desire to allow Andrews to go anywhere as they awarded him with a seven-year contract extension that was supposed to keep him around through 2015.
From there the rest is history!
Shawn had his spat with depression, an illness that affects millions every year, as he failed to report for the Eagles training camp in Lehigh Valley. What made the situation worse is he didn't provide any notice to the front office nor was he excused by anyone within the franchise.
He would only miss 17 days of camp but did return on August 10 and went on to start for the Eagles first two games.
It was in the second game, however, that he left due to a back injury. Shawn hasn't been back since.
Heading back to the 2009 offseason, the Eagles were fully aware of Shawn's situation and needed to bring someone in to solidify the right guard position. They did so by bringing in Shawn's big brother Stacy from Cincinnati Bengals.
Is this a stroke of genius by head coach Andy Reid, or was this a horrible move from the get go?
It is clear that Stacy has the size, mentality, and comes from the same pedigree of tough players. He was considered a work horse with the Bengals and was part of an offensive line that set a team record for the Bengals for the fewest sacks allowed in 2007.
Stacy too comes with his injuries but nowhere near as extensive as Shawn's.
The only injury that Stacy has endured is the one he was rehabbing from last season—a knee injury which occurred in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns.
That's all in the past for Stacy and he has progressed nicely over the course of the last 12 months. The Eagles are expecting him to be in full force once training camp opens this summer.
He is also the projected starter at right guard for the 2010 season!
It is his job to lose, but something tells me Eagles fans will see a completely different side of him once he is on the field and healthy to help the Eagles once again have a top-tier offensive line in the NFL.
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