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Eagles v Pats - Brady probably out, Andrews probably in

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Preseason game #3 for the Eagles is set to kick off in Foxborough, Mass Friday night and one team will see the return of a regular pro bowler while the other will likely have to wait.

Tom Brady said yesterday he's not certain whether he'll be sufficiently recovered from a right foot injury to participate in the Patriots' third exhibition game, which is Friday at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I'm not sure. I'm not sure. I'm trying to get treatment this week and I'm feeling better every day," Brady said on radio station WEEI. "It's going to end up being up to coach [Bill Belichick] and what he wants to do, but I think he's been coaching long enough to understand that the first game in September is what's going to be important for us."

Brady hasn't taken a snap in the preason and his backups have been subpar to say the least. Downright bad would maybe be a better description... Frankly, given that it's preseason I'd love to see Brady back. Beating up on the likes of Matt Cassel doesn't really tell us much about our defense.

Good news for the Eagles is that pro bowler Shawn Andrews will see his first action of the year.

Andrews, who missed the last week of spring minicamp and the first 17 days of training camp while battling what he's called clinical depression, will start at right guard tomorrow, when the Eagles face the Patriots in a preseason game in Foxboro, Mass.

"Shawn is going to give it a go, and we'll just see how he does," Reid said. "We're going to try to keep good communication with him during the game and give him an opportunity to play."

"It means that coach Reid has a lot of trust and respect in me to put me back in there because it wasn't even a big deal to me because I know Max has worked hard this training camp and Max is a good player," Andrews said. "If Max keeps working hard, he's going to be a great player."