It remains a mystery when Shawn Andrews will return to the field, but his brother Stacy is preparing for Thursday night's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Andy Reid said the team was encouraged by Shawn's visit to Dr. Robert Watkins in Southern California earlier this week, but the Eagles' coach still can't offer a timetable for when he expects his starting right tackle to be back on the field. Neither the coach nor the player, however, have ruled out the possibility that Andrews will be ready for the Sept. 13 season opener against the Carolina Panthers.
"I think there's a great chance I can be out there," Andrews said. "I'm headed in the right direction. I went out to L.A. and got a couple shots in my back and hopefully that will send me in the right direction."
Andrews admitted, however, that he still has pain in his surgically repaired back.
Stacy Andrews, on the other hand, said he is ready to play against the Jaguars after sitting out the Eagles' first two preseason games. Reid and the Eagles' medical staff have been extra cautious with Stacy because he underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in January.
"I want to go in and start jelling with the guys," Stacy said. "You don't want to rush it. That's why I didn't play the first game and I kind of wanted to play the last one, but I knew this would be the one I would be out there seeing where I'm at."
In other injury news, fullback Leonard Weaver was able to participate in the walk through this morning after leaving Thursday night's preseason loss at Indianapolis with a sprained left knee ligament. Left tackle Jason Peters also planned to test his sore quad at today's practice after missing Thursday's game against the Colts.
"It's definitely a lot better," Weaver said of his knee.
Shawn Andrews, guard Todd Herremans (left foot injury), defensive end Darren Howard (groin) and Weaver were the only players who did not participate in practice.
Reid continued to say that "there's a chance" Michael Vick will make his exhibition debut Thursday night against the Jaguars.
"I want to see again how he does this week," Reid said. "He worked throughout the week and he got a couple workouts here yesterday on the players' day off. He's worked hard. He'll get through that soreness and we'll see how it works out this week."
Reid admitted he's eager to see Vick get back on the field for the first time in more than years.
"Everybody is, including probably most of all himself," Reid said. "I think he wants to get in and play again. We'll see how it goes. I can't tell you right now how much he'll play. We'll see how he does this week."