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By PFW staff

The Eagles made a surprise move Wednesday, releasing ORT Shawn Andrews.

Plagued by career-threatening back injuries the past two seasons, Andrews has been limited to two games.

“We appreciate the efforts and contributions of Shawn while he was in Philadelphia,” head coach Andy Reid said. “We have, however, decided to move in another direction.”

The team previously said it believed Andrews was moving in the right direction in his rehab, but it apparently wasn't going well enough and many have speculated that his time in Philadelphia could be done soon. Many also believed, however, that Andrews would get another chance to play this season, which makes the timing of the release the biggest surprise.

Andrews, 27, was a first-round pick in 2004 and earned a starting role in preseason that year, but he got hurt in the first game and went on injured reserve. Andrews started the next three seasons at right guard, earning two Pro Bowl bids, but suffered a season-ending back injury only two games into the '08 season.

Reid moved Andrews to right tackle prior to the '09 campaign following the release of Jon Runyan, but Andrews suffered another back injury on the first day of training camp and hasn't played since.

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