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With Shawn Andrews' Eagles career likely over, it's just another case of "What If"

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The Eagles have made it official: Shawn Andrews was placed on injured reserve today to make room for Jeff Garcia. 

As if the move of bringing back Garcia wasn't adding enough drama to a season that's only one game old, they have "unofficially" officially ended Shawn Andrews' tenure with the Eagles.

Make no mistake about it, Andrews will not play in Philadelphia again.  He may never play in the NFL again.

You can never say never because for every Barry Sanders (who walked away on his own accord) there's a Robert Edwards who works out for years to make a comeback. 

But lets face it: Andrews doesn't have that work ethic. 

Maybe his back really is prohibiting him from playing.  There are different schools of thought on this.  Utlimately, the Eagles can't call him to task for faking it because of the Player's Union. 

The bottom line is they don't need Andrews and his baggage any longer.  Make fun of WInston Justice all you want, but he played very well against the Panthers on Sunday, who were a 12-4 team last year.  They were basically the same 12-4 team having returned 20 of 22 starters this year.  And keep i mind that perennial Pro Bowler named Julius Peppers lined up against Justice on Sunday.  

So at least for now, Winston Justice is your new starting offensive lineman and the Eagles will be much better off. 

They won't have the distractions caused by his goofy rap songs, his maybe/maybe not mentality, and all of the other baggage created by his off-the-field issues. 

With Andrews' Philadelphia career most likely over, he is the latest in a long line of really talented Philadelphia athletes who could have gone on to real greatness, but for a variety of reasons weren't able to reach that precipice. 

Andrews joins the ranks of Pelle Lindburgh, Eric Lindros, Allen Iverson (I'll get to him in a minute), Randall Cunningham, Terrell Owens, Charles Barkley, and many others who were exceptional players, but didn't achieve the level of greatness that we expect out of our great players.

Before you send in the hate mail, I believe Iverson belongs in that group because his stubbornness is ultimately what kept him from becoming one of the greatest players of all-time.  If he were a team player he would've embraced the point guard position and led the league in assists.  And you can be certain the Sixers would have won at least one title.

Andrews was on his way to a Hall of Fame career, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2007.  In 2006 he was named a first team All-Pro in just his second full season.  Remember, he was a starter as a rookie in 2004, but broke his leg in the first game against the Giants.

"The Big Kid" was a likeable guy.  He kept things loose with the media and was a hard worker.  There was a worry that his weight would doom his career, but he underwent a stomach procedure done to get his weight down. 

Alas, our franchise offensive lineman was healthy again and on his way to greatness. 

Then things went awry last year when there were reports of him battling depression and his back forced him to sit out the entire season.

Then there was that hiatus in California for several weeks during the season, when little was said about Andrews' status. 

Then this offseason things took a turn for the bizarre when Andrews released some strange hip hop songs about Michael Phelps and how he wants to be a "rock star."  This was insulting to the fan base because he was still not practicing. And rather than working on getting back onto the field, he was busy working on his music career.

Andrews turned into a complete joke this offseason and the front office has had enough. 

At one point last week he was a-go for the season opener at Carolina and then decided he wasn't ready to play on Thursday.

That right there marked the end of Andrews' career as an Eagle.

Turns out his swan song was about getting his "Michael Phelps on."

That's how Andrews will be remembered by many, not for his elite-caliber play in 2006 and 2007.