BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Thanks to Shawn Andrews' aching back, Winston Justice is getting another chance at this Eagles training camp.

With Andrews sidelined since going through the team's conditioning run Thursday morning, Justice has received the majority of first-team snaps at right tackle. It appears he could continue to get them, too, because there's no indication that Andrews is going to be back on the field any time soon.

According to a team source, Andrews' back did not respond well to the 90-minute bus ride from the Lehigh University campus to Lincoln Financial Field and back for the Eagles' Flight Night event Sunday.

Justice was a second-round pick in 2006, but he has not met the team's expectations for a player chosen that high. His one and only NFL start in 2007 was a disaster when quarterback Donovan McNabb was sacked a dozen times by the New York Giants.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said he has seen a different player so far in this camp, and that included yesterday, when Justice got involved in a shoving match with linebacker Omar Gaither.

"He's striking people and he's playing in a physical manner," Mornhinweg said after the Eagles' morning practice.

"It sounds kind of crazy, but he really is a good pass protector now. I've been impressed with Winston. There's no question he has dramatically improved his game. Sometimes it takes guys until their fourth or fifth year before it clicks for them. I think it has clicked for Winston."

Mornhinweg said Justice has always taken far too much blame for the meltdown at the Meadowlands, when he filled in for an injured Tra Thomas at left tackle.

"I'll tell you about that night," Mornhinweg said. "I didn't do a good job. Virtually nobody on the offensive side of the ball did a very good job. Some of those [sacks] were other people involved as well. Look, I counted up how many he was directly responsible for and it was not a good night, but it kind of snowballed. He showed great character with how he handled it."

Mornhinweg declined to comment on Andrews' sore back.

Justice downplayed his exchange with Gaither, but admitted he feels a sense of urgency in this training camp.

"It was just the spirit of competition," Justice said. "When you have two guys who really want to get something accomplished, sometimes fights happen. I think I've always had a mean streak, but I'm just showing it more in this camp, and I need to carry it on into the season."

Extra points

Cornerback Asante Samuel participated in the full-contact team session for the first time at training camp yesterday. He returned Monday from a sore hamstring. . . . Offensive tackle Jason Peters did not take part in practice yesterday after returning from a quad spasm Sunday and Monday. . . . Cornerback Ellis Hobbs (stinger) and tight end Matt Schobel (left leg) also missed practice yesterday.

Attendance for the two workouts yesterday was 13,306. . . . The Eagles have full-squad workouts at 8:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. today. Only the morning workout will be in full pads. . . . McNabb connected on a 70-yard pass with Kevin Curtis for a touchdown during the morning live session. Curtis had slipped behind safety Rashad Baker.

Eagles Notes:


Winston Justice gets another chance with the Eagles. D4.

Antonio Pierce: No regrets for helping Plaxico Burress. D4.