Andrews' Absence Not Contract Related

Offensive guard Shawn ANdrews #73 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Indianapolis Colts November 26, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 45-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

     What would veterans' check-in day at Lehigh be without an unexpected curveball?

      As the Escalades and Hummers began rumbling into the players' lot this afternoon, the Pro Football Talk Web site reported that Birds guard Shawn Andrews might not report because he is dissatisfied with his contract.

     Your Eagletarian immediately called Andrews' agent, Rich Moran (which is the sort of thing we old-media types still like to do, rather than just throwing rumors up on the internet to raise sand). Moran said Andrews will not be at Lehigh tonight, but it is "100 percent wrong" to say his absence has anything to do with his contract. Moran said Andrews is dealing with a personal matter. He would not elaborate, other than to say it isn't the kind of personal matter where you check into rehab, or anything.

    "Shawn has been in contact with Andy Reid a couple of times today," Moran said.

     An Eagles spokesman was attempting to get a statement from Reid as we posted this. We'll update when that happens.

     Sounds like the kind of thing that will be forgotten this time next week, but you never know for sure.

    Meanwhile, no Brian Westbrook yet. New agent Todd France has not returned calls seeking comment.

     Asante Samuel is the only prominent veteran who has made an appearance. Samuel actually checked in this morning, a rare thing for an Eagles vet, given that you don't absolutely have to be here until 7 p.m., and few vets seem all that eager to get a head start on sampling the charms of Bethlehem.  

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