Shawn Andrews Won't Fly in '09

Eagles offensive tackle done for the season

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    The Eagles hoped that Shawn Andrews could make the switch to tackle.

    Eagles offensive lineman Shawn Andrews can focus more attention on his rap career after the Eagles officially ended his season before it even began.

    On Tuesday, Andrews, a two-time Pro-Bowl guard who was trying to make the switch to tackle, was placed on the injured reserved list with a balky back.

    The “Big Kid” wasn’t able to come back to full strength following back surgery.

    “It’s disappointing to lose any player for the entire season, but we have full confidence in the other lineman we have on this roster to help this team succeed. We wish Shawn all the best as he recovers and rehabilitates from this injury,” said Head Coach Andy Reid.

    The guy, for now, who was slated to replace Andrews was Winston Justice. The USC-product filled in at tackle in the opener and performed well even though the offensive line wasn’t really tested.

    But Justice could be served and the Birds may bring back long-time veteran tackle Jon Runyan to solidify the position.

    The 26-year-old lineman was supposed to be part of a new-look offensive line that was younger and stronger than last season. His departure means that he won’t line up with his brother Stacy and former college teammate Jason Peters who were both brought in during the off-season to bolster the unit.

    Even more disturbing for the long term is that the “Big Kid” only played in two games in the past two seasons. Not only did he battle back injuries but he also battled depression that caused him to miss time.

    It wouldn't be a surprise if Andrews never takes the field again as an Eagle.