The Patriots may have suffered their first major medical blow of the 2019 season following news that center David Andrews could miss the entire season with blood clots in his lungs. The news was first reported by Jeff Howe of The Athletic.
According to Howe Andrew is expected to miss a significant amount of time.
NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran reports that Andrews had a respiratory issue earlier this summer which kept the Pats starting center sidelined for the early part of training camp.
It is expected that Ted Karras will replace Andrews at Center.
Next man up for the #Patriots at center is Ted Karras. Has played at starter-level in the past. Losing Andrews a blow but they have the depth.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) August 26, 2019
Karras will be flanked by Shaq Mason and Joe Thuney so the Patriots will continue to remain stout on the interior.
Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia was asked about Andrews’ status on Monday to which he replies “We’ll see.”
Andrews initially signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2015. He has played 71 games for New England and started in 66. He has been a team captain since 2017 and the Patriots starting Center for each of New England’s 3 consecutive Super Bowl appearances.
Andrews is under contract through the 2020 season after signing a 3-year extension in May of 2017.