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When will Shawn Andrews return?

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

I think Shawn Andrews (back) will return in time to start the season at right tackle for the Eagles. How long can he remain in the lineup? Your guess is as good as mine. The thing that I've always heard about Andrews is that he spends a lot of time worrying about his post-career health. That's not the best mindset in the world for a guy who's supposed to spend the next five or six years playing in the NFL.

On Tuesday, Andy Reid sounded much more optimistic in discussing Andrews' back injury.

"It was positive news," Reid said of the results of Andrews' examination in Los Angeles earlier this week. "There was no structural damage. It's all muscle-related. We'll get him back here and he'll start easing into things as best he can. We really have to go off of what he's feeling. But he has started doing some work and just increased that. He's doing what he can where it's not hurting him."

I think the biggest thing to watch in Thursday's nationally televised game against the Colts is how King Dunlap performs in place of Jason Peters at left tackle. Dunlap's the tallest offensive lineman I've seen in person. He's all of 6-foot-8 and he looks pretty imposing. But he never played up to his size while at Auburn and I'd be worried about him protecting Donovan McNabb's blind side in live action. It's an excellent opportunity for Dunlap, but it will be a hair-raising experience for Eagles fans.

You also have Todd Herremans (foot) and Stacy Andrews (knee) out with injuries. The Eagles have quality backups at those positions. It's Dunlap I'm worried about. Anyone else a bit worried about Dunlap trying to block Dwight Freeney. There's no one on the Eagles who can simulate Freeney's speed off the edge.