Dr. Robert Watkins announced Thursday evening he had completed a "two-level microscopic lumbar discectomy" on Eagles right tackle Shawn Andrews.
"The prognosis is very good that he will return to play," Watkins said in a statement released by the Eagles.
Earlier, Andrews Tweeted that he was having surgery, and that he was dedicating it to Eagles coach Andy Reid. Apparently, he wasn't worried about the final two minutes of the procedure dissolving into chaos.
Despite the nice weather, it was mildly surprising to see the Eagles practicing outdoors today, because Sunday they are headed into the Georgia Dome, and when the Birds prepare for dome teams, they usually practice indoors with ear-splitting piped-in crowd noise. That might be tomorrow's plan. Certainly, the decibels are a concern, part of why the Falcons are 5-0 at home this season and 12-1 there over the past two years.
"Crowd noise, that's a big issue," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "We think we're pretty good at (handling) it. We'll see this game."
Mornhinweg noted that like some other dome teams, the Falcons have configured their defense along the lines of speed (rushers can get a quicker start on artifical turf) and aggressiveness; generally, the advantage the offense has of knowing when the ball is going to be snapped disappears when nobody can hear the signals, and you're waiting for hand or ball movement.
"It's going to be electric, man," said safety Sean Jones, an Atlanta native who played at Georgia.
"It's going to be crazy," said another ex-Bulldog, guard Max Jean-Gilles. (The Eagles have four Georgia alums altogehter, including wideout Reggie Brown and defensive end Chris Clemons.) "We're going to have to work on (the silent count) this week -- it's going to be a key factor in our offense. That turf is something different. It's really fast. They're going to get some good get-offs, they're going to be able to use that to their advantage."
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said he expects to have defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, who sat out Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. Weakside linebacker Akeem Jordan remains "day-to-day," McDermott said, though Jordan practiced with the scout team Wednesday and Thursday, listed as "limited" Thursday. Wednesday -- when Jordan was a full practice participant -- it looked like the scout team deal was just a warmup for Jordan's return, but now, since he doesn't seem to be seriously preparing to play with the rest of the defense, it's starting to seem unlikely that he will take the field in Atlanta.
Wideout DeSean Jackson did not practice and again turned down requests for comment from reporters. Jackson suffered a concussion in Sunday's victory over the Redskins.
Defensive end Juqua Parker was relieved to find he would not be fined by the NFL for holding onto Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell after he hit Campbell on Washington's final snap Sunday; Campbell stayed down afterward and Fox broadcasters criticized the hit, but the NFL's stance is that no rule was broken. Parker said Thursday he held onto Campbell because he thought he was sacking him, he didn't realize Campbell had thrown the ball as he was hit.
In other fine news, several Eagles saw their penalties reduced after appealing them following a touchdown celebration in the season opener at Carolina. Wideout Kevin Curtis was exonerated, and center Jamaal Jackson saw his fine reduced from $10,000 to $5,000. Tight end Brent Celek netted a $3,000 reduction, he said.