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. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

Whenever football returns, the nucleus of New England’s offensive line will be there, as Patriots center David Andrews confirmed via his Instagram that he has been cleared to return to action.

“I know 2020 has affected everyone in ways we couldn’t have imagined prior,” Andrews wrote on Instagram. “But with the draft over the next few days a lot of dreams are gonna be realized for a lot of players entering the league. During this time there has been a lot of time for reflection on the past, present and future. As to the future I’m excited that I’ll have the opportunity to play the game I love again. When and whatever the nfl season looks like I’m just thankful that I’ll be able to get back to competing with my teammates and coaches. Go pats.”

The 27-year-old’s clean bill of health comes less than a year after blood clots in his lungs knocked him out of the 2019 season before it even began. An unpredictable ailment if there ever was one, Andrews’ injury opened up a serious hole on the New England offensive line that never really self-corrected despite Ted Karras’ best efforts,  and the Georgia-born Andrews opened up about the injury in an interview earlier this month.

“I had been dealing with some chest pains and troubling breathing, started coughing blood the first day we reported to training camp actually,” Andrews told 247Sports. “All of this was partly my fault, just being dumb and pushing through it. I thought I was sick and I really did not feel like myself.

It was not like I was having a bad camp. I just was not having a consistent camp.”

Originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent, Andrews has centered two Super Bowl-winning Patriot teams (LI and LII), and has made 57 starts since breaking into the league in 2015.

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