Playing time set for opener

Bob Cooney filling in for your Eagletarians at Lehigh:

Shawn Andrews is scheduled to meet with his doctor in Arkansas today in what could pave the way for his return to the Eagles. In the first public comments from the Eagles organization since Andrews revealed his bout with depression to the Daily News, coach Andy Reid said:

"That's what he's gonna do (see a doctor today). It's a personal situation. I know everybody wants to know. I know Shawn came out publicly and gave you guys a statement here and there and that's what it is. We're working with him on it. There's a personal side to things. You've got to take care of business and that's what he's doing right now. It's very important that he does that and gets that part of his life taken care of."

When asked if Andrews is being fined the $15,000 a day for missing camp, an agitated Reid responded: "I haven't even gone there," and declined to discuss the matter further.

Following this morning's brief walkthrough, Reid announced how playing time will be split for tomorrow night's first preseason game at Pittsburgh.

Reid said the first and second units will each play 1 1/2 quarters and that the third unit would play the fourth quarter.

The coach also announced that newly acquired cornerback Asante Samuel will not play. Samuel has been battling a sore hamstring. That means the starting defensive backs will be Sheldon Brown and Lito Sheppard.

Other notables who won't see action are defensive end Victor Abiamiri, and defensive tackles Kimo von Oelhoffen and Montae Reagor.

Wide receiver Reggie Brown has a strained Achilles' tendon and probably will not see action. Reid said Greg Lewis would probably be the No. 2 receiver with the first team alongside other starter Kevin Curtis.

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