Eagles All-Pro guard Shawn Andrews had back disc surgery Tuesday in Southern California and will be out at least 6 weeks, team head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said Wednesday. The Eagles have 10 games remaining.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, who also operated on fellow Eagles offensive lineman Tra Thomas in 2005. Burkholder said the Andrews and Thomas injuries were "similar but not identical."
Burkholder said Andrews suffered a disc herniation in high school in Arkansas, which didn't bother him after he took a pain-blocking injection. Burkholder said Andrews played through college and his early pro career with the problem, but aggravated it when double-teamed on an extra point against Dallas in Week 2.
Burkholder said Andrews took a couple of injections in late September but found only brief relief. The Eagles had sent Andrews to a number of specialists; Watkins was the fourth opinion on the injury.