Shawn Andrews on his way to LA
Shawn Andrews is on his way to Los Angeles, presumably to have his injured back re-examined by Dr. Robert Watkins.
"Well Philly I'm going away now so I can try to get this back right....," Andrews wrote on his Twitter page. He later indicated his destination was Los Angeles.
Watkins performed surgery on Andrews' back last October.
Andrews, who was injured in Week 2 last season, was placed on injured reserve last Tuesday when he was deemed unhealthy enough to play. He underwent an MRI exam last Monday.
Andrews tweaked his back during the fitness run at the start of training camp and did not play in the preseason. He had delcared himself ready to play before the opener, then suffered another setback.
In other news, the St. Louis Rams confirmed that they have signed wide receiver Danny Amendola off the Eagles' practice squad. Amendola, who presumably would have little chance to get on the roster and play given the Eagles' depth at wide receiver, joins a relatively thin group of receivers. He could also help return punts. Amendola will be at Rams' practice tomorrow.
Amendola signed with the Eagles during last year's playoffs from the Cowboys. He showed good moves and hands in the preseason.
That opening might explain the arrival of former Penn State receiver Jordan Norwood for a workout. Norwood said he was on his way to Philadelphia via his Twitter page. Norwood was with the Browns until the final roster cutdown, as an undrafted free agent.
Todd Haley addressesd the media in Kansas City today for his weekly news conference and did not exactly provide a ringing endorsement for $60 million man Matt Cassel at quarterback.
Haley was asked if he could envision a scenario in which Cassel was not the starter and Brodie Coyle was. Coyle started Week 1 when Cassel was injured.
"I wouldn't speculate on that," he said. "There were a lot of positives in Matt's performance. There are a few we would like to have back obviously. I believe that a quarterback in a game has seven critical decisions – combined key plays in a game of 79 plays last week or whatever it was – that really separate winning and losing. There were clearly seven in this game where we would like to do something different.
"But that being said, I like a lot about this guy. Anybody watching can see the competitiveness. Here's a guy who's injured that was not running with that thought in his mind. He added 34 yards of rushing to our game and when you do that it's pretty positive.
"With Matt we just need to keep chopping wood. That being said, I'm excited about Brodie's progress. I think Brodie getting to play in the first game got his feet under him and started to gain some confidence. I think that was clear in this past week's practice and I expect all those guys to improve every week. That's their job and my job is to get our quarterbacks better."