Tag:Shawn Andrews
Posted on: November 26, 2010 9:11 am
Edited on: November 26, 2010 2:20 pm

Shawn Andrews hospitalized with back injury

Posted by Will Brinson

Injuries have rattled the New York Giants near the midpoint of the season, and things might not be getting any better -- Shawn Andrews was reportedly hospitalized on Thursday with a lingering back injury that kept him from practicing on Thanksgiving.

That's according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Post, who cites a source who indicates Andrews was taken there, but unsure if he was immediately admitted.

Andrews played the entire game against the Eagles on Sunday, despite not practicing, and provided a much needed body on the line with starter David Diehl already injured.

Will Beatty is expected to get the starting nod if Andrews can't go, and while the Jaguars are a decent matchup for a banged up offensive line (they're tied for 16th in the NFL with 20 sacks on the season), the G-men need some of their bigger bodies to get healthy quickly if they hope to stay afloat in the NFC East race.

Update (2:19): Looks like Andrews is definitely in the hospital, because he's complaining on Twitter about someone waking him up at 4:55 AM to check his vitals and how he "can't get no rest round here."

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 11:02 pm

Week 11 injury report analysis Part V

Posted by Andy Benoit

Colts @ Patriots

The Colts listed basically their entire roster as questionable this week, so who knows what the starting lineup will look like come kickoff. Generally, Indy’s rule is players who don’t practice don’t play. If that’s the case, then don’t expect to see running backs Joseph Addai (neck) and Mike Hart (ankle) or linebackers Gary Brackett (toe) and Clint Session (elbow). It looks like WR Austin Collie will return after his frightening concussion two weeks ago.

Patriots return star Brandon Tate missed the week with a sickness and is questionable. Guard Steve Neal was limited in practice with a shoulder. S Jarrad Page and RB Fred Taylor are both ostensibly closer to returning, though both remain questionable.

Giants @ Eagles

The Giants are without two of their three best offensive linemen: LT David Diehl (hip) and C Shaun O’Hara (foot). Diehl’s backup, Shawn Andrews, is once again battling back problems and is questionable. New York is also missing its steadiest offensive weapon, WR Steve Smith. This significantly alters Eli Manning’s approach to third down and the inside passing game.

Eagles DE Juqua Parker was limited in practice this week, but he’s the only player battling a significant injury. Sine there’s nothing left to talk about here, do we go ahead and take this opportunity to heap more praise on Michael Vick?

Broncos @ Chargers

The Chargers are getting starting receiver Malcom Floyd back from a hamstring injury, but No. 2 wideout Legedu Naanee will need at least another week. Antonio Gates is expected to miss another week with plantar fascia. Don’t count on RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) playing, either.

For the Broncos, WR Eddie Royal (hamstring) and CB Andre Goodman (hip) both missed practice. Royal is questionable; Goodman is out.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:17 pm

Giants ailing a bit in run game

Posted by Andy Benoit

There’s reason to believe the New York Giants could struggle to run the ball against the Houston Texans this Sunday. For starters, the Texans defense is allowing 70.2 yards per game on the ground, second fewest in the NFL. (Granted, that has a lot to do with the fact that opponents can’t wait to throw against Houston’s 32nd-ranked pass defense. But still, DeMeco Ryans and, as of this week, Brian Cushing, pose a formidable challenge to a run game.)

What’s more, the Giants are more banged up than a Bing Crosby stepchild. (That little joke isn’t completely distasteful because everyone knows Crosby is now dead, plus he comes from an era in which step-children were not yet invented.) Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is nursing an ankle injury. Tom Coughlin told reporters before Wednesday’s practice, "Bradshaw is sore. We’re going to see what he looks like -- he’s taped and he went to the jog-through here. He seems to feel a little bit better under that circumstance, but we’ll see.” Bradshaw wound up practicing and should be available all week.

But running with a sore ankle isn’t preferable, particularly when you’re running behind an offensive line in which center Shaun O’Hara is out (ankle), backup Adam Koets is dealing with an MCL issue and offensive tackle Will Beatty is hobbled by a bad foot. (By the way, when Beatty does get healthy, he may have to compete with Shawn Andrews for playing time. The ex-Eagles guard got reps at left tackle on Wednesday. It looks like the Giants are trying to make Andrews their utility backup.)

It’s possible, perhaps even likely, that everyone but O’Hara will take the field for the Giants Sunday. But that doesn’t mean it won’t have been a somewhat trying week at practice. 

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 10:14 am
Edited on: August 20, 2010 12:15 pm

Giants sign two-time Pro Bowler

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Giants have signed OL Shawn Andrews, and it’s a fairly intriguing transaction.

As Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York wonders, what does this say about that status of guards Chris Snee and Rich Seubert?

Andrews made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2007, but he’s since suffered from depression and other injuries. He hasn’t played in two years, but apparently, New York feels he can possibly contribute.

“Our personnel staff has been monitoring Shawn's progress for a while now," general manager Jerry Reese said a statement. "He looks great and had a very good workout for us yesterday. He can play both guard and both tackle positions. We just have to take him slow for the rest of the preseason to get him into game shape. Shawn is very excited and grateful for this opportunity to play for the New York Giants."

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 6:05 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 8:01 pm

UFL'S Omaha Nighthawks rich with NFL names

Pro Football Talk compiled a list of former NFL players who are now on the roster for the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks. It’s borderline stunning:

The list includes, among others, former Eagles guard Shawn Andrews, former Saints defensive end Charles Grant, former Cardinals defensive tackle Wendell Bryant, former Steelers and Panthers cornerback Ricardo Colclough, former Raiders receiver Ronald Curry, former Raiders running back Justin Fargas, former Packers and Vikings receiver Robert Ferguson, former Seahawks, Packers, and Texans running back Ahman Green, former first-round quarterback Patrick Ramsey, and former Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter.

The three names that jump out are Andrews, Grant and Curry. Andrews has essentially been out of football the past two years. But prior to his depression and back injuries, he was a Pro Bowl mauler with major potential. It’s hard to believe no one has picked him up.

Grant was a starter for the Saints until he got hurt at the end of last season. In 2007, he signed a seven-year deal worth $20 million in guarantees. He may have tapped the breaks just a bit after getting rich, but not to the extent that you would have guessed he’d be out of the league by 2010.

Curry’s career has been derailed by injuries (mainly Achilles problems). But when healthy, he proved to be one of the best raw athletes in the game.

UPDATE: The UFL has released a statement regarding NFL players on rosters: "Players listed on UFL rosters are a combination of signed and unsigned players. Teams own the UFL rights to the players listed on their respective roster provided they are not signed to another professional team's roster."

In other words, just because a player is on a UFL roster doesn't mean he'll be playing in the UFL in 2010.

--Andy Benoit

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