FOXBOROUGH - Many times during the NFL training camps and pre-season games, players suffer injuries or setbacks that lead to missing out on significant portions of the season. (It is why many prefer to conduct their fantasy football drafts until after the pre-season.) Just look at what the past week has brought to the NFL. Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller is out for the season with a torn ACL, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton left the football field in a boot, and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck could not recover from his injuries in time to consider anything but retirement from the league.
The New England Patriots have also experienced a number of potentially season-impacting losses to their roster, but not in the conventional way. It has not been in-game injuries that have started to derail the Patriots' starting lineups, but rather it has been uncertain and unforeseen circumstances that are certainly anomalies in the league. For example, I wrote yesterday about Patrick Chung potentially facing a suspension from the league after he was charged with cocaine possession. And now, there is likely going to be a hole in the Patriots offensive line to begin the season.
Over the weekend, starting Patriots center David Andrews was hospitalized for a number of blood clots that had been found and felt in his lungs. No further information has been released on the medical status of Andrews from either the 27 year old or the organization, as a whole, but the hospitalization was confirmed by The Athletic. Head coach Bill Belichick has also not commented on the situation.
Andrews was seen at the Patriots' practice yesterday and right tackle Shaq Mason acknowledged the loss of Andrews, but he also bought into the "next man up" mentality that has defined the Patriots' game plan for years.
While no official timetable for Andrews' recovery has been announced, it does seem likely that he is going to miss a significant portion of the season with the blood clots. As for who will be filling in for Andrews in the meantime, the most likely option is Ted Karras, who has started in five games through his four year NFL career. Many NFL analysts have noted Karras' high level blocking abilities.
All good vibes are definitely being sent Andrews' way!