Andrews Reports to Training Camp

The Pro Bowl guard finally reported to training camp, but the Eagles had to shuffle their roster around to make room for him. Find out more inside.

A large void was filled at Eagles' training camp when two-time Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews reported to Lehigh University yesterday for the first time since the start of camp.

Andrews was on the reserved/did-not-report list since practices got underway because of depression, and although he is with the team and currently on medication, it is unclear when he will be ready to suit up again.

"I want to see him first before I make any judgment there," head coach Andy Reid said. "I know he's been working out. But I just want to sit down and talk with him face-to-face and make sure everything is set up for him here so he can be successful. I'm going to gradually feed him back in."

Until he is cleared to practice, Andrews will be on the active/physically unable to perform list. To make room for him on the roster, the Eagles released offensive tackle Franklin Dunbar, who the team signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Middle Tennessee State.

Veteran defensive tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen, who has been sidelined for more than two weeks with knee inflammation, was also released yesterday. There is a possibility that von Oelhoffen could rejoin the team at some point if he recovers, but the Eagles wanted another healthy body in camp.

To replace him, the team signed rookie defensive tackle Mike Marquardt, who was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this month. The 6-foot-3, 297-pound Marquardt played his college football at BYU and Arizona State.

Other Notes

Cornerback Asante Samuel practiced with the team yesterday for the first time in 15 days. The Eagles' biggest free agent signing has been dealing with a strained right hamstring for the last few weeks, but could be ready to see action in the team's next preseason game against Carolina... Defensive end Victor Abiamiri has not been placed on injured reserve since having surgery to repair a dislocated wrist he suffered two weeks ago. The Eagles have said that in the worst case scenario, Abiamiri would return in four months... Wide receiver Hank Baskett has been wearing red-tinted contacts recently when playing in natural sunlight. "It's like wearing a visor, except a visor gets wet and fogged up and everything," Baskett said. "It's a little bit of a red tinge. It's just like wearing sunglasses."



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