Right tackle Shawn Andrews did not practice Thursday or Friday and will not play in the Eagles' season opener Sunday at Carolina, Eagles coach Andy Reid said. Running back Brian Westbrook practiced Friday, despite having been listed on the inury report Thursday with a knee problem, and he will play, Reid said.
Winston Justice will start for Andrews, who missed the preseason with back problems but has been sympton-free lately. Reid said Andrews' back tightened up after Wednesday's workout, the first full practice of game week.
"Neither our people or Shawn feel like he can make it through this game," Reid said.
Justice last started on Sept. 30, 2007, at left tackle. He melted down completely, as Osi Umenyiora sacked Donovan McNabb a half-dozen times and the Giants notched 12 sacks for the evening. Justice has drawn praise this preseason, however, filling in for Andrews on the right side.
"I thought one of the real positives coming out of camp was Winston Justice and how he played," Reid said.
Westbrook's work Friday was limited because the Eagles were indoors, on the harder artificial surface, Reid said.
"He'll be fine," Reid said.
Reid did not want to discuss how former right tackle Jon Runyan looked when the Eagles brought him in for a workout Thursday morning; in fact, Reid danced around a question about whether the team knew about Andrews' problem when it scheduled the session with Runyan.
"I'm not going to get into how he looked," Reid said of Runyan, a 35-year-old free agent who is coming off microfracture surgery. "We haven't done anything there."
Runyan was scheduled to work out for the Bills today.