|Reports: Eagles' Andrews is battling depression|
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|Monday, 04 August 2008 16:37|
In interviews with The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News from his Arkansas home, Andrews detailed his struggle with depression.
Andrews said his depression started a year ago and has worsened.
``I'm willing to admit that I've been going through a very bad time with depression,'' Andrews told the Daily News in his first public comments about his training camp absence. ``I've finally decided to get professional help. It's not something that blossomed up overnight. I'm on medication, trying to get better.''
The Eagles did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment about Andrews' admission.
Andrews didn't detail the origins of his depression in comments posted on the newspapers' Web site.
``I really was kind of at my end,'' the right guard said. ``I've really had a lot on my mind, really (been) contemplating a lot of things.''
Andrews missed the final week of the Eagles' voluntary workouts in June for personal reasons and has been a no-show in the first weeks of training camp.
``In the state that I'm in, (had he reported), I would be at training camp physically, but mentally, I could have gotten myself hurt or gotten one of my teammates hurt,'' he was quoted as telling the newspaper.
Andrews said he is scheduled to see a doctor Thursday and could return to the team shortly after.
``After finally deciding to get professional help, I felt like maybe talking about my situation could be a blessing to someone else going through the same things,'' Andrews told the Inquirer. ``Regardless of whether you're a celebrity or you play for the Philadelphia Eagles and you're in the limelight, you still go through problems.''
The fifth-year veteran also confirmed to the Daily News that he is being fined $15,000 per day by the team because his absence is not excused. He said his mental health is more important than football.
``Football is important, it's a means to an end, but my mental health, I feel like, is a lot more important,'' Andrews said. ``That's a helluva lot of money ... Money's good, money's a necessity, but it's not everything. I can't put a price tag on my mental state.''
Andrews said he hopes to speak to his teammates when he does rejoin the Eagles.
``I just want to look 'em in the eye and let 'em all know - this wasn't BS, this was for the mental health of me, I could have gone out there and gotten any one of you hurt'' by not being focused,'' he said.