That New England Patriots will be without one of their most valuable offensive players for at least three weeks starting this Sunday, as the team announced Saturday that they have been placed in the middle David Andrews on the injured reserve. Twice Super Bowl champions leave the Patriots’ Week 2 defeat to Seattle Seahawks after injuring his thumb, and despite having returned to training in the last few days, he’s had it reportedly underwent surgery in his snapping hand. Andrews will not be eligible to return from IR until Week 6.
The veteran blocker was present at the start of training on Friday and Saturday while wearing a bandage / cast on his right thumb and wrist, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, but did not take part in team practice the previous two days. Although he reportedly even tried to flick the ball with his left hand at one point, Andrews is now key to missing for the next three New England games. The 28-year-old got off to a great start in 2020 after being sidelined throughout the 2019 season due to a blood clot in his lungs.
“He’s the piece that holds it all together at the center,” left tackle Isaiah Wynn said this week, per ESPN. “With all his knowledge, he is very reliable. When we don’t know something, he knows the answer. Only he who is the key has been helpful and great.”
Without Andrews, the Patriots could turn to several potential replacements midway through the O-line. Training squad promotion James Ferentz, who is in his fourth season with the team, looks to be first in line to replace Andrews on Sunday when the Pats host the Las Vegas Raiders. Hjalte Froholdt, the 2019 fourth round draft pick that spent its rookie year at IR, has technically become the center of New England’s reserves in 2020 and could also accept the opportunity to moor the trenches in Andrews’ absence.
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