Barring a setback, Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews should get back on the practice field next week. At least that's what the Big Guy is hoping for after sitting out the entire preseason and most of training camp with a high ankle sprain. Andrews was quite emotional about the injury initially for it was near the area where he had a plate inserted for a fractured bone. When he asked reporters to pray for him, there was speculation it might be career threatening. Andrews has come a long way. The conditioning work he's done is obvious, for the 335-pounder is nearly as svelte as the tight ends. Asked if he could see himself starting the regular season opener Sept. 9 in Green Bay, the date head coach Andy Reid has targeted, Andrews replied "I'm excited about Sept. 9. Put it that way." Make no mistake, Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Marty Mornhinweg and all of the the Eagles need Andrews. As he goes, so goes the line.