New England Patriots

Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) celebrates after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The 2019 Patriots may have to play the 2019 season without one of their captains, as center David Andrews has been hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.

From Howe’s story (subscription required):

Starting center David Andrews has been hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs, and his season is in jeopardy, according to sources. The expectation is that he’ll miss a significant amount of time.

While it’s currently unclear how long the 27-year-old Andrews has been dealing with the issue (you’d have to think this has been a sudden development given the severity of it), Andrews was a late arrival to training camp earlier this summer, and told the media that he “had something he was dealing with” when asked about his absence.

Bryan Stork’s replacement in 2015, Andrews has been snapping the ball to Tom Brady on a full-time basis since 2016, while the Patriots have been to three straight Super Bowls (two victories) since Andrews became a starter.

With Andrews out, Ted Karras will slot in the middle of New England’s offensive line.

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