Shawn Andrews in LA to see back specialist

Shawn Andrews is currently in Los Angeles to see Dr. Robert Watkins, the back specialist who performed surgery on the tackle last October, the team said this afternoon.

Andrews hasn't played in all of camp after he aggravated the back during a conditioning run on the first day of practice. He said on Saturday that he had no idea when he would be back.

"I’m just taking it half-a-day increments," Andrews said. "I’m doing everything with [trainer] Rick [Burkholder] and the guys. I’m doing extra stuff on my own. I’ve even taken up yoga and acupuncture. I’m exhausting all means to get back on the field. Whenever it happens, and Lord willing it’s soon, I’m going to go back and kick some butt."

The Eagles offensive line has resembled a MASH unit. Tackle Jason Peters missed practice today with a quadriceps strain. Guard Todd Herremans is still out with a foot stress reaction. And guard Stacy Andrews is still slowly being eased in a full return. Only center Jamaal Jackson has stayed healthy.


Brian Westbrook made a full return to practice today, taking part in every facet in what some of the players were calling the toughest practice of the preseason. The running back had been participating in individual and installation drills over the previous two days, but was running with the first team during contained live hitting today.

Westbrook, who had off-season ankle sugery, will hold a press conference tomorrow for the first time since the end of last season.

Vick, meanwhile, had his most involved practice since joining the team on Saturday. Through most of the first half of practice, Adam DiMichele took most of the reps with the third team. By the second half, however, Vick was under center for the majority of time. He looked poised, threw a few good passes, but did nothing spectacular. Still no sign of the Wildcat, however.

Vick worked out after practice with several coaches, including Marty Mornhinweg.

Other notes and observations:

-- Tight end Brent Celek (AC shoulder sprain) was back for individual drills. He and defensive end Trent Cole (same injury) worked out with the training staff as team drills were conducted.

-- Quarterback Kevin Kolb (MCL sprain) was in for a few installs, but that was it for the backup. Cornerback Sheldon Brown (ribs) was also missing.

-- Linebacker Omar Gaither was also not at practice with what the team is calling a knee sprain.