Sinus condition a problem for All-America

Updated: December 12, 2003, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

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 said.

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.

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