Thursday, September 24, 2009

Andrews gets some backup

Did you really expect a doctor to throw his own patient under the bus?

Well, think again. Shawn Andrews’ doctor is confident that the enigmatic offensive lineman will be able to get his Michael Phelps on again sometime in the future but the back pain he is experiencing right now is very real.

“He has flared up,’’ Robert Watkins told Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer in an interview. "He does not have an injury to the nerve, and there is no bad sciatic, but he is real stiff, and there is a lot of pain in his back. As he is right now, he's unable to play football because his back is hurt too badly.”

Watkins plans to treat Andrews with cortisone injections and doesn't expect the need for future surgery.

"I'm still optimistic that the prognosis will be good, and he'll return to being a productive professional athlete," Watkins said. “That's my best judgment right now. He could have come in here and needed more surgery, but that wasn't the case. I think he'll respond to nonoperative treatment. If something changes, we'll change the plan."

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