New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Center David Andrews attended Patriots practice in Foxboro on Tuesday as a spectator, presumably less than 24 hours after being hospitalized for a blood clot in his lungs. Check out a clip of Andrews at practice in the video above, via The Camera Guys from NBC Sports Boston.

It’s the latest positive sign for Andrews, who was released from the hospital on Monday night. That he isn’t forced to rest and can freely go about his business so soon after leaving the hospital is encouraging.

But for football purposes, blood clots typically require a long recovery time and Andrews’ season is still in jeopardy.

Patriots center David Andrews speaks with reporters at Super Bowl Opening Night in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Patriots center David Andrews speaks with reporters at Super Bowl Opening Night in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

A former undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2015, Andrews has grown into one of the Patriots’ most respected locker room leaders and well-liked players among reporters and fans. It’s disappointing that he won’t be as available as usual, but it’s always good to have him around just for his presence.

While Andrews is out, Ted Karras should be expected to start at center. Rookie fourth-round pick Hjalte Froholdt will likely be the backup on the interior. Andrews’ absence opens the door for James Ferentz or undrafted rookie Tyler Gauthier to make the 53-man roster.

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