By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
According to NFL insider Jay Glazer, Patriots center David Andrews recently underwent surgery for a broken thumb and is likely out Sunday against the Raiders, and possibly longer.
Andrews was spotted at Patriots practice this week with a cast on his right arm, attempting to snap with his non-dominant left hand. He’s been listed as a non-participant on this week’s injury reports.
If Andrews is unable to play Sunday, second-year pro Hjalte Froholdt could be next in line to start at center. Froholdt has never snapped a ball in an NFL game, but came into the NFL with experience at center and guard.
“Hjalte’s had a good offseason,” head coach Bill Belichick said Friday. “He had an opportunity to get a lot of reps last year in training camp, but then that was really about it for him. He was rehabbed early and was really ready by January, February to get a good full offseason in in terms of training and so forth, even though we weren’t able to do it here, but he’s a hardworking kid that did a lot on his own. So, he had a good offseason in terms of training and being healthy and he’s been able to be out on the field every day and work hard and continue to get better on a daily basis since we’ve had the opportunity to begin practicing.
“So, way ahead of where he was last year on a number of levels. He’s still a young player that has a lot of room to grow and works very hard at it, so he’s taken a step to, as you said, being close to playing and hopefully he’ll be able to compete for playing time here as he continues to improve.”
Another option for the Patriots is James Ferentz, who would be a candidate to be elevated from the practice squad to the main roster. Ferentz started one game at center in 2019 for the Patriots.
If the Patriots decide to place Andrews on injured reserve, he would be eligible to return after as little as three weeks. Whoever the next man up would be, he’d have to get on the same page with Cam Newton in a hurry.
“It’s extremely important,” said Newton. “It’s like the most important kind of transaction involved offensively football for us – to make sure we have a great snap, whether it’s Dave, whether it’s whoever. And hopefully we can get Dave back, with him being such a warrior. And just moving forward, we just have to make sure that we do our job, having great communication, and understanding of things moving forward.”
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