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News » Philadelphia Eagles Inside Slant 2008-07-29


Philadelphia Eagles Inside Slant 2008-07-29


Philadelphia Eagles Inside Slant 2008-07-29
As if the Eagles don't have enough early-camp problems with Asante Samuel hurt and both cornerback Lito Sheppard and running back Brian Westbrook unhappy with their contracts, Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews is not in camp.


The reason for his absence isn't exactly clear. Initially, it was assumed that he too was unhappy with his contract situation, even though he signed a 10-year, $50 million extension just two years ago. But his agent, former Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Rich Moran, said Andrews' absence isn't contract-related. He said Andrews isn't in camp because of personal problems, but wouldn't disclose exactly what that means.

Moran was scheduled to fly to Philadelphia this weekend to meet with Andrews, who lives in southern New Jersey.

Andrews, the Eagles' starting right guard, has made the Pro Bowl the last two seasons, though he was inconsistent much of the '07 season, having some very good games and having some not-so-good games.

Whatever Andrews' reason for not being in camp, it's not acceptable to the Eagles. The team termed his absence "unexcused" and put him on the team's reserve-did not report list. He is being fined $15,000 a day while he's out.

Head coach Andy Reid bristled at every question about Andrews. "I'm going to coach the guys that are here, that's what I'm going to do," he said. "When I have something to share with you (media) guys about Shawn, I will."

Right after putting Andrews on the did-not-report list, they signed free agent guard Cameron Stephenson, a former Pittsburgh Steeler draft pick.

With Andrews out, third-year man Max Jean-Gilles, who is supposed to compete with Todd Herremans for the starting left guard job, has been moved over to right guard.

"Max is fine in there," Reid said of the massive 350-pound offensive lineman. "He's worked in there (with the first-team offense) before. Max came back in good shape."

That last comment may be a not-so-subtle suggestion that Andrews isn't in camp because he's not in good enough shape to endure the early two-a-day practices.

CAMP CALENDAR: The Eagles held their first full-squad, full-pads workouts on Saturday. As is Andy Reid's training-camp custom, they work in pads twice a day for the first three days of camp, and then he'll ease off the pedal a bit. The Eagles will be up at Lehigh until Aug. 13, when they'll break camp and return to Philadelphia.


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Added: July 29, 2008

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