LITTLE ROCK -- All-America offensive tackle Shawn Andrews
has a sinus condition that requires medical attention and may keep
him out of Arkansas' Independence Bowl game against Missouri, a
school official said Friday.
Arkansas sports information director Kevin Trainor said Andrews
made the sinus condition public to quell rumors that his mother was
sick or that the junior had already signed with an agent for the
purpose of entering next year's NFL draft.
Trainor said Andrews told him a specialist, who is not a team
doctor, said the 6-5, 353-pound tackle may need a procedure to
correct the problem.
"It's a sinus condition that's grown worse over the past couple
of weeks that inhibits his ability to breath fully," said Trainor,
who is with Andrews in Orlando, Fla., for awards functions. "He
went to a doctor after the LSU game and the doctor seemed to
indicate that a procedure might be necessary."
Trainor said it was his understanding from Andrews that the
condition is more serious than a typical sinus infection.
"It's taken on a new severity in the past few weeks," Trainor
Andrews said Thursday that he had a "situation" going on that
was out of his control.
Trainor said Andrews, who was still in Orlando on Friday to
attend a banquet with the Football Writers Association of America,
didn't want to comment further until returning to Fayetteville and
talking with coach Houston Nutt.
Nutt said he was aware he might not have Andrews on the roster
for the Dec. 31 bowl game at Shreveport, La., but declined to
comment further until meeting with the player on Saturday.
Trainor also said there's a chance that snow and ice expected in
Northwest Arkansas late Friday could keep them from returning in
time for Saturday's workouts, so he didn't want more speculation
surrounding Andrews' status.
"Ultimately, we'll have to have an acknowledgment one way or
the other at some point," Trainor said. "His desire is to go back
and visit with coach Nutt and visit with a couple of teammates
before he says anything further about it."
Andrews, who was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the
Outland Trophy, has said he may pass up his last year of
eligibility to enter the NFL draft, where many scouts say he is
likely to be a first-round choice.
Andrews this year was selected by coaches as the Southeastern
Conference's top blocker for the second year in a row. He was named
to the AP All-America team last year.