Shawn Andrews' back tightens up

Asante Samuel pulled a hamstring during the morning and did not participate in afternoon drills. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

Shawn Andrews, whose 2008 season was cut short by back problems, missed the team's afternoon practice today when his back tightened up following the morning fitness run, Andy Reid said.

Andrews injured his back in the Week 2 game at Dallas and eventually had surgery, but did not return to the field.

Reid said he did not think the issue was serious, but Andrews was not spotted on the sideline at practice. Andrews made it through the run but his back tightened up during a meeting.

"He’s upset about it. He wants to be out here and doing his thing,” Reid said.

Cornerback Asante Samuel came up with hamstring strain following the run and offensive tackle Jason Peters came up with a quad spasm. Peters and Samuel worked out on the side with athletic trainer Rick Burkholder.

The injuries to Andrews and Peters along with Stacy Andrews' recovery from knee surgery could hamper the amount of repetitions the Eagles' revamped offensive line gets together. Only center Jamal Jackson and left guard Todd Herremans remain injury-free. Stacy Andrews did take part in practice and will be out on the field when the team holds its first full-pads workout tomorrow morning.

“From a coaching standpoint you want them out there every snap," Reid said. "You want them out there and practicing. But at the same time, you want to make sure you’re smart with this thing and you don’t want to make whatever they have worse. We all want to get going, we’re all chomping at the bit to get going, but at the same time you’ve got to be smart with it.”

Defensive tackle Trevor Laws (hamstring) and rookie defensive back Macho Harris (slight high ankle sprain) also did not participate because of injuries suffered yesterday.

The Eagles placed Samuel, defensive end Victor Abiamiri, Laws, Andrews, Peters, and running back Brian Westbrook on the PUP list (phyiscally unable to perform). They can come off any time, but this establishes that they were hurt before practicing in camp, and can remain in roster limbo until they get healthy.

Reid also said that Sheldon Brown is the starting right corner.


In another great tribute to Jim Johnson, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had this to say during an afternoon news conference, according to the Providence Journal Bulletin: "He was probably as good a defensive coordinator as I've seen in the league. I spoke with him frequently and we exchanged a lot of ideas. I have a lot of respect for his philosophy, his schemes, the way he attacks offenses and his ability to utilize personnel. I tried to work with him several times and it never worked out. He was a good friend, a good football coach, and on behalf of the (Patriots) team and the organization, our condolences go out to the Eagles and Jim's family."