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Andrews Given Green Light To Practice

Stacy Andrews camp up to training camp not knowing what to expect. He tore the ACL in his knee at the end of last season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was signed by the Eagles as the team fully expected him to be ready for the start of the season. Andrews took part in the Organized Team Activities in a limited capacity.

When Andrews arrived Sunday with the rookies and selected veterans, he said that he didn't know if he would be able to take part in Monday's first set of two-a-day practices. After meeting with the training staff, the six-year veteran received some welcome news that was relayed by head coach Andy Reid at his press conference.

"Stacy will be able to practice (Monday)," Reid said. "We'll just how he does. Right now that's what we're looking at."

Andrews said that he's come a long way in just the last month. He's been in Arkansas preparing for training camp. The true test will be if Andrews can play when the pads go on Friday.

"I feel real good. I got my mind cleared. I'm ready to get to work," Andrews said. "I've made pretty good strides. I'm ready to get in there, get to work and see what I can do.

"Back then, I was thinking about (the knee) when I was out there doing drills with (offensive line coach) Juan (Castillo). It feels a whole lot better. It's not in the back of my head anymore."

Sixty percent of the starting offensive line will be different than what the team had at the end of last season. Jason Peters replaces Tra Thomas at left tackle. Andrews replaces his brother, Shawn, at right guard. Shawn Andrews is penciled in for Jon Runyan at right tackle.

Stacy Andrews was asked if he tried to coax his brother into reporting with him early, but he said that Shawn was enjoying the final days of the off-season with his family. Veterans report Wednesday.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 9:36 p.m., July 26

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