New England Patriots

Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots center David Andrews celebrates a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Patriots center David Andrews has been released from the hospital, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe. Andrews was treated for a blood clot in his lungs.

It’s an encouraging sign for Andrews’ short-term health that he’s out of the hospital. But long-term, he still faces a long recovery.

The Athletic’s Jeff Howe first reported Andrews’ hospitalization and added that his 2019 season is in jeopardy. Blood clots in the lungs cause a pulmonary embolism, which typically requires treatment for at least three months, according to the American Heart Association.

Even with a perfectly smooth recovery for Andrews, the Patriots are still looking at playing the majority of the 2019 season without their starting center since 2016. Fourth-year pro Ted Karras is expected to start at center while Andrews is out, marking the first opportunity in his career for extended playing time.

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