Eagles offensive lineman Shawn Andrews is going to miss another season because of his back woes, and a lot of folks in Philadelphia aren’t happy it.
The Philadelphia Inquirer does a good job summarizing the anger, which includes comments like this one, posted Wednesday:
“Good riddance. Thanks for the one Pro Bowl year! I hope your brother prove’s more of a man than the baby you turned out to be. Go cry about your contract to another team, SCRUB.”
And that’s one of the nicest ones.
Andrews responded by trying to kill with kindness. “Lol . . . You guys are harsh,” Andrews wrote. “I won’t let what you guys say offend/control me. I hope you
guys never experience what I have. It’s not my fault my back is jacked
right now. It’s fine that you guys don’t care about my health [that] is
“I hustle for my family man. I appreciate your concerted efforts
to berate me, but @ the end of the day we are all human. GOD Bless each
of you guys, and may he remove all the negative energy from you guys. .
Andrews also Tweeted that he’s not able to pick up his son and sent a thank you to Eagles coach Andy Reid for his support. “BIG RED.. I love you man,” Andrews wrote.
Some of the fan criticism may be indirectly egged on by the team.
As pointed out by the Inquirer, the Eagles teams website read yesterday: “Despite receiving medical clearance from back specialist Dr. Robert
Watkins late in the summer, Andrews was unable to overcome back pain to
get on the field in the days leading up to the opening game of the
regular season in Carolina.”
That sounds rather close to putting the blame all on Andrews. It appears they have changed the copy on their article slightly in the meantime.
When asked about the issue Wednesday, Reid said Andrews had a “sore back” and the decision to place him on injured reserve was for medical reasons only.
The team did say it was clear Andrews was “not healthy to play” and there may have been “irregularities” in a recent MRI on Andrews’ back.
The decision may have been made easier because right tackle Winston Justice did a capable job filling in for Andrews in Week One.
And there is a sense that Andrews may never come back, at least with the Eagles organization. Some of his tweets Tuesday sounded like he was saying goodbye.
Andrews thanked Reid for “trusting in me, and assisting me w/ my debacles along the way. It’s funny how u never know who may help you along (t)he way . . .
Dang near looked @ him sorta like a father I never had . . . Will never
forget you,” Andrews said.