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Changes In Store For Eagles’ O-Line?

Les Bowen of Philly.com brings the following:

Right tackle Shawn Andrews walked around the Nova-Care field for part of practice yesterday, wearing a jersey but no pads, watching his teammates drill. Then Andrews slowly walked inside.

This was a few hours after the Eagles acknowledged they had worked out the previous right tackle, free agent Jon Runyan, yesterday morning. Runyan’s agent, Ben Dogra, said there have been no contract talks with the team. An Eagles statement, attributed to Andy Reid, said “the team wanted to see where Jon was physically in his rehabilitation” from microfracture knee surgery.

In a text reply to the Daily News, Runyan said he didn’t find out Andrews wasn’t practicing until after the workout, which he said went “real well.” Dogra said Runyan is scheduled to work out for the Bills today.

Afterward, the Eagles provided no information on Andrews’ situation, other than the fact that he didn’t practice, which was pretty clear already, and a parenthetical note that the problem was his back, which is what kept Andrews from playing in any preseason games, or at all since Game 2 last season.

Umhmmm. It certainly seems to me that if this was a relatively minor issue, then the team would have announced it fairly quickly ; however, the secrecy cloaking the Andrews-Runyan situation seems to lend credence to the rumor that all is not exactly well on the Eagles’ offensive line.

And that certainly isn’t good news to quarterback Donovan McNabb as he is going to need a healthy O-line when they visit the Carolina Panthers this Sunday as the Panthers will have to deal with a rejuvenated Julius Peppers.


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