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September 16, 2009
THE COMPLETE picture isn't important right now. There is more to the story of why the Eagles placed wayward offensive tackle Shawn Andrews on injured reserve, ending his season before he played one play from scrimmage. The fact that the Birds shut down a former Pro Bowl offensive lineman one game into the season over a confusing back issue screams that there is more to this story than we're being told. Why now, after dealing with all of the migraines Andrews put this team through over the last year?
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May 2, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shawn Andrews was in a strange place with a lot of familiar faces around him. After a turbulent 2008 season that began with a lengthy training-camp absence caused by depression and ended prematurely because of a back injury in Week 2 at Dallas, Andrews finally returned to the field yesterday for the start of the Eagles' postdraft camp at the NovaCare Complex. The most peculiar thing ? if you discount Andrews' blond Mohawk ? about his comeback was where the two-time Pro Bowl guard put his right hand down along the offensive line.
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September 24, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shawn Andrews visited Robert Watkins in Southern California yesterday and was told his back pain is real and not all that unusual for someone who underwent the surgery he had last year. "He has flared up," the physician said in an interview with The Inquirer. "He does not have an injury to the nerve, and there is no bad sciatic, but he is real stiff, and there is a lot of pain in his back. As he is right now, he's unable to play football because his back is hurt too badly. " Watkins said no further surgery is required, but he plans to give Andrews at least one and possibly two cortisone injections in the near future.
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November 26, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shawn Andrews needs a second back operation. Rich Moran, the agent for the Eagles' two-time Pro Bowl guard, said yesterday that Robert Watkins will perform a more extensive surgery than the previous one next week out in Southern California. "He had a discogram last week that verified it," Moran said. A discogram is a procedure in which a needle is placed in the disc in the back. Dye is injected so it can be examined under an X-ray. After being placed on injured reserve before the start of the season, Andrews went through an eight-week rehabilitation period under the watchful eye of Watkins before being told earlier this month that he'd have to undergo a second surgery.
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August 21, 2010 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - Shawn Andrews became the second former Pro Bowl Eagle in five months to move on to a team within the division when the offensive lineman signed a six-year contract with the New York Giants early Friday morning. This time, however, the move was not of the Eagles' doing - or at least not directly. In April, the Eagles traded away franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb to the NFC East-rival Redskins. A month earlier, they released the chronically injured Andrews, who had hardly played any football in the previous two seasons.
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August 24, 2010 | By Ashley Fox, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was his first time back on a football field in almost a year, and Shawn Andrews, true to form, was singing as he stretched before the New York Giants practice on Monday. The 27-year-old Andrews is happy to have a second chance in the National Football League after the Eagles cut him in March because, coach Andy Reid said then, it was time "to move in another direction" from the player they picked in the first round of the 2004 draft. "I like what he did," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after Andrews worked primarily at left guard with the third-string offensive line.
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August 16, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Shawn Andrews sighting inside the locker room yesterday was not followed by a trip to the practice field for the Eagles' offensive tackle. When that long-awaited day will arrive remains a mystery, but Andrews wanted to make it clear that it is not a lack of desire, nor his well-documented bouts with depression, keeping him away from the football field. The two-time Pro Bowl guard who is making the transition to tackle has not practiced since his surgically repaired back stiffened following a test run at Lehigh University the day after veterans reported to training camp.
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December 24, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shawn Andrews, the Eagles' third-year offensive guard, received an early birthday present last week when he was named to his first Pro Bowl. Andrews, who turns 24 tomorrow, could earn an even bigger present - a playoff berth - if the Eagles upset the Dallas Cowboys in tomorrow's showdown in Big D. After suffering a season-ending fractured right fibula during the first game of his rookie season in 2004, Andrews bounced back to start all 16 games...
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May 26, 2006 | By Ashley Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is about food, and fat, and fear. His whole life, Shawn Andrews has struggled with food. Pancakes drowned in syrup. Cheesesteaks. Baked macaroni. Pizza. After the Eagles' season ended in January, Andrews gained 10 pounds, pushing perilously close to a weight that began with the number four. He made a decision. Enough was enough. He had to stop. In April, weeks into a diet that was showing results, Andrews went to a park near his Arkansas home with a childhood buddy named Willie.
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August 20, 2010 | By Ashley Fox, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The New York Giants must have been getting their Michael Phelps on early Friday morning when they decided to scratch Shawn Andrews a check. It's the only explanation for why the Giants would agree to pay the former Eagles offensive guard anything north of $1 to take up space in their locker room. That, or they needed a singer. Or their trainers needed something to do. Or general manager Jerry Reese just felt like lighting money on fire. Because at this point, to count on Andrews to be anything other than a waste of time and money is pointless.
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November 25, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Like a Whac-A-Mole that emerges when and where we least expect, Donovan McNabb popped up in the headlines again last week after Shawn Andrews called him a bully. For some, this rebuke by a teammate fit neatly into their anti-McNabb narrative. For others, it seemed like piling on, unnecessary roughness against the legacy of the greatest Eagles quarterback. That argument won't get resolved. Philadelphians will never agree on McNabb because we'll never understand him. This city produces inscrutable superstars as regularly as corrupt politicians.
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November 22, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
'UNBELIEVABLE. " That's the word Donovan McNabb used yesterday in response to comments former teammate Shawn Andrews made in an interview with Sync Weekly. On Tuesday, Andrews told the website that McNabb was among former Eagles teammates who were so abusive toward him that he considered suicide. "It just felt like I was in a living hell," Andrews said. Andrews said in addition to verbal abuse, McNabb spread rumors about his sexual orientation. Andrews, who was drafted by the Eagles in 2004 and played five seasons with the Birds, told the website the abuse caused him to miss training camp in 2008 while he sought treatment for depression.
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November 22, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
During a 14-minute phone interview Wednesday, Donovan McNabb reacted to the accusation that he was a locker-room bully, that he had spread a salacious and malicious rumor about a teammate, with a sense of surprise that soon gave way to exasperation. Shawn Andrews had told 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM) and a Little Rock, Ark., magazine that McNabb had helped to make his career with the Eagles a living hell. The two were teammates here from 2004 to 2010 - a period during which Andrews played 50 games at guard, was selected to two Pro Bowls, suffered debilitating back and leg injuries, and grappled with depression.
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November 8, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ONE OF the things Chip Kelly referenced yesterday when he was asked about Lane Johnson's progress was that the rookie right tackle has "a great group of older guys to learn from . . . they've really kind of taken him under their wings and kind of fostered that. " This was said in the wake of what Kelly called Johnson's best game as a pro, Sunday's 49-20 victory at Oakland. It also was said against the backdrop of a huge mess being dealt with by the Miami Dolphins, over the treatment of a young offensive lineman by a veteran that allegedly caused second-year tackle Jonathan Martin to leave the team and veteran guard Richie Incognito to be suspended indefinitely for insults and threats to Martin that are being classified as bullying.
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April 26, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
NEW YORK - Tackle is the new quarterback. The last time the Eagles held a pick among the top four in the NFL draft, it was 1999, the Year of the Quarterback . . . or so it seemed. Top pick Tim Couch's fragility helped shorten his career in Cleveland. Akili Smith never got the hang of things in Cincinnati. Daunte Culpepper's little hands misfit his giant frame and sped his demise, and Cade McNown had the name, but not the game. The Eagles, of course, held fast and selected Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 pick, just ahead of Smith, and McNabb changed the course of the franchise.
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February 1, 2013 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS - If you go strictly by career starts, Bobbie Williams has the distinction of being the most successful offensive lineman the Eagles drafted during Andy Reid's 14 seasons as head coach. Williams, a 36-year-old backup guard for the AFC champion Ravens, who face the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, has made 136 NFL starts since the Eagles selected him in the second round of the 2000 draft. That's 36 more than Todd Herremans, 41 more than John Welbourn and 79 more than Shawn Andrews.
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August 30, 2011 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, pdomo@aol.com
JUST A FEW weeks ago, the Eagles were the talk of the football world as they cast their line into the well-stocked free-agency fishing hole and reeled in one big whopper after another. While there is no disputing that they have assembled an impressive collection of talent worthy of a serious Super Bowl run, there also is no disputing that they are a fragile house of cards that could easily collapse if their young, ready-or-not-here-we-come offensive line can't keep quarterback Michael Vick out of harm's way this season.
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August 23, 2011
THERE IS an old saying in sports that is as true today as it was the first time it was uttered decades ago. You can't make the club in the tub. For those few of you needing a translation, the tub is the whirlpool in the training room where injured players often can be found trying to heal their pulled hamstrings and sprained ankles and sore shoulders and aching backs so that they can get back on the field and back into the consciousness of...
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July 20, 2011
AT THIS POINT, I'll be a little surprised if the Eagles don't trade Kevin Kolb to Arizona in a deal that involves Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Obviously, nothing can be done until the NFL resumes business, which could happen by the end of the week, probably not before. There is still time for some other team to jump in with a breathtaking offer. But that's unlikely. Everybody working in the league really hasn't been in a state of suspended animation for 6 months; the teams that want Kolb have known for a while that they want him, and they've known what they are willing to give.
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April 29, 2011 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
DANNY WATKINS showed up as a potential Eagles pick at 23rd overall in some mock NFL drafts over the past month or so, but people who thought they knew Andy Reid quickly dismissed that idea. Before last night, Reid had never drafted for the interior of his offensive line higher than the fourth round. (The idea with Shawn Andrews always was that he would eventually move outside.) Watkins, a tackle at Baylor, is universally projected as an NFL guard, as he acknowledged to reporters minutes after the Eagles made him their first offensive-line first-rounder since they tabbed Andrews, in 2004.
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