Andrews back: "It felt good"
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Andrews back: "It felt good"
Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shawn Andrews is back and his back felt fine after practice today.
"It felt good," the Eagles tackle said. "I had no [reservations]. Went through this thing full speed. Of course, it wasn't much contact ... but still got a good feel on some leaning and pass rushing."
Andrews did his work with the scout team, but could be back with the first team line later this week. Another big step will come tomorrow morning when Andrews wakes up, and later in the day with the Eagles likely practicing in full pads.
"The reason I had him working with the second group there and going with the scout team is so he doesn’t go out there and do something crazy with the first group there," Reid said. "We’ll just ease him into it and see how he does this week. I don’t know exactly where he’s at football wise right now because he hasn’t been able to do it."
Reid didn't rule out Andrews playing in Thursday's preseason game at the Jets, but it's likely the team will wait until the season opener at Carolina to play Andrews. The tackle kept the door open for a Thursday return
"These next couple of days prove that, hey, I'm in pretty decent shape and go out let football be football and have fun," Andrews said.
Andrews injured his back during a conditioning run on July 30, the first day of training camp for veterans. He then spent the next few weeks receiving treatment indoors -- not out on the practice field with the rest of the injured players. Ten days ago, though, he flew to Los Angeles to see the specialist that performed surgery on his back last October.
Dr. Robert Watkins found no structural damage and since then Andrews has taken steady steps toward a return.
“He basically went through all the rehab that [head trainer] Rick [Burkholder] could put him through and his symptoms, he felt good," Reid said. "The doctor thought we could increase his workload and start getting him back into playing football. Most of all it’s been the communication there and the doctor’s okay on it.”
Fullback Leonard Weaver (knee), tight end Tony Curtis (ankle) and cornerback Sheldon Brown (ribs) were back practicing after missing Thursday's preseason game against Jacksonville.
Wide receiver Kevin Curtis (knee), defensive end Darren Howard, linebacker Charleston Hughes (foot), guard Max Jean-Gilles (shoulder) and tight end Rob Myers (groin) sat out the light practice.
Reid said that Kevin Curtis' knee was just inflamed and that it wasn't serious; same with Jean-Gilles' strained shoulder. Myers was getting an MRI done.
Reid said that surgery to correct Todd Herreman's foot stress fracture was a success. The coach did not set a return date for the guard. Nick Cole and Jean-Gilles are competing for Herreman's spot.
Reid said there was a good chance that quarterback Michael Vick would play Thursday. He hadn't decided exactly who else might play, but he intimated that middle linebacker Joe Mays and free safety Quintin Demps would also play. Apparently, those two haven't won starting jobs yet.