According to the Philadelphia Eagles website, tackle Shawn Andrews was placed on Injured Reserve today, thus ending his 2009 season that never began. Now there’s room for Eagles new/returning quarterback Jeff Garcia on the roster… at least for a couple of weeks. Andrews appeared ready for the season, and talked it up in the weeks leading up to the opener against Carolina. Unfortunately it appears the recurring back issues were worse than thought. Now the Eagles have to figure out what to do yet again to fill in his shoes.
This has to bring up the questions (again) as to how long the Eagles will carry Andrews, and if this is his last mention as an Eagle until we hear that he is cut. With repeated back and other issues on his resume as an Eagle, and the high priority of protecting your quarterback, the Eagles have to analyze what is at their disposal. Do they have the confidence in Winston Justice to get the job done the entire season? How can the Eagles continue to carry a player that has played only two games in two seasons?
Wednesday on ESPN, Eric Allen and Sal Paolantonio talked about Donovan McNabb’s shoulder tendinitis. It was originally reported by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday of this week. Sal especially seems to be very concerned about McNabb’s shoulder, and how he’s now sitting out, DESPITE a negative MRI. He wasted no time bringing up the fact that Kevin Kolb will be getting plenty of reps filling in for McNabb while he sits.
Andy Reid, on the other hand, has said that McNabb and the other injured players will be ready for the July 22nd start to camp.
So should we be concerned about McNabb? Or is this simply the media trying to make a story (and controversy?) where there isn’t one? My vote is the latter, and we’ll see a healthy, quick, and ready McNabb in Lehigh next month.
Here is the clip:
Donovan and Howard Eskin don’t seem to think it’s a big deal at all, as seen in this clip from NBC10 Sports Final:
Well you be the judge. Personally, it’s way too early for crap like this from the media. It’s only mid-June! Considering how good the Phillies are doing, I’m surprised this much attention is being paid to how a QB’s shoulder is feeling. Amazing.
In a move that suprised absolutely no one, the Eagles officially severed ties with DE Jevon Kearse this morning. In his first two years with the Eagles, Kearse recorded 7.5 sacks each season. In 2006, he appeared to be off to a career year with 3.5 sacks in his first two games, but suffered a devastating knee injury against the Giants in an overtime period the Eagles should not have even been in courtesy of their 4th quarter choke job where they went conservative and gave up a huge lead.
Now that Kearse is officially gone, the Eagles head into this year’s free agency period with Trent Cole and Juqua Thomas as the starters at defensive end, with second-year man Victor Abiamiri as the primary backup. Somehow, Jerome McDougle is still on the Eagles roster and is rumored to be planning on showing up at Training Camp healthy and ready to go.
Faced with this situation, head coach Andy Reid has made it be known that the Eagles want to improve their pass rush. No kidding.