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The Big Kid Is Back

"Today is the day to get out here and see what I can do," right tackle Shawn Andrews said at his locker early Saturday afternoon.

Andrews took part in his first practice today since the Organized Team Activities in June. Andrews tweaked a back muscle during the conditioning drills at the start of training camp and did not take part in any practices or the first three preseason games. Andrews' return is important because he's the new starting right tackle after spending his first five seasons in the league at right guard where he earned two Pro Bowl bids. However, he missed the last 14 regular season and all three postseason games in 2008 with a herniated disc that required surgery. The muscle injury at training camp was not related to the surgery.

"During the walkthrough this morning, it was fun just to get back out there, first-team, second-team, it don't matter," Andrews said. "It's just good to get back on the field."

The offensive line underwent a complete overhaul in the off-season. Four of the five starters along the offensive line for the Sept. 13 season opener in Carolina will be different than the team that lined up in the NFC Championship Game in January. The Eagles signed Andrews' brother, Stacy, to play right guard. Jason Peters was acquired from Buffalo in a trade to play left tackle. Todd Herremans underwent surgery to correct a stress fracture in his foot so either Nick Cole or Max Jean-Gilles will start at left guard. Cole has started at left guard in the preseason in Herremans' absence and started at right guard in the NFC title game last year. And Shawn Andrews replaces Jon Runyan at right tackle. Jamaal Jackson is the lone mainstay from last season.

Saturday's practice was the first time the five projected opening day starters on the offensive line lined up together since the OTAs.

Andrews will be made available to the media after the 10-10-10 practice which is expected to be around an hour long.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:21 p.m., August 29

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