Standard. I guess I shouldn’t have expected that he would play. The Eagles will be out with their starting right tackle. Replacing Andrews in the line-up will be none other than Winston Justice. The last time Winston Justice got a meaningful start it was a disaster. Hopefully, he has improved and will draw on some experience to play a solid game.
While I am not a Winston Justice fan, I will give him a shot to prove himself in the opener. The more important issue is that Shawn Andrews isn’t healthy. This back issue of his has been consistent since game 2 of last season. What’s the issue? Also, if his health was a considerable concern and it should have been this past off-season, why didn’t the Eagles address the issue? It seems like they expected Andrews to be ok, but they did subtle moves, but none that I will think help them. They brought big Jon Runyan in for a workout yesterday, they moved Justice from the left side to the right side and signed Stacy Andrews to play guard, but spent last season playing tackle. Shawn Andrews is disappointing me at this point in his career. I thought he would be a dominant lineman and mainstay on the Eagles line. While injuries and his public bought with depression were definitely the cause, I would have hoped he would have done more to get himself ready to play. You can’t fault him for depression – a serious issue and you can’t fault him for injuries, but you can speculate that his work ethic and dedication to football and the Eagles is not where it should be for a pro-bowl lineman.
This Shawn Andrews playing/not playing issue could be a moot point if Winston Justice comes through. I’m not holding my breath…yet.