Report: Shawn Andrews Hospitalized With Back Pain

Pro Football Talk reported Thursday that the New York Giants sent Shawn Andrews to the hospital because of recurring pain in his twice surgically repaired back.

Geez, pretty soon the Giants won't have anybody left who can stand up straight.

According to the Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo, Andrews was limited in practice Wednesday, but then could not go when the team practiced Thanksgiving Day. PFT indicated the team then sent Andrews to a hospital.

Andrews did not practice at all last week due to back issues before playing the entire game Sunday against Philadelphia. Garafolo reported that Andrews received an epidural to ease the back pain rior to playing, but that Andrews said it is not something he will be able to do each week.

Andrews' back is not only an issue for the already-depleted Giants' offensive line this week, but it has to give them pause about committing to him as a long-term member of their starting group.

Andrews indicated prior to the Philadelphia game that perhaps his back is not physically up to the rigors of playing an entire game.

"I've had two back surgeries," Andrews said. "My reps from being in that tight end package that we have, it's gone from 18-20 plays a game to the very first game against the Seahawks, like 85 plays. That's a lot coming off an injury and not having played in two years."

If Andrews is unable to play, second-year man Will Beatty will start at left tackle.

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