New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 28, 2021: David Andrews #60 of the New England Patriots walks onto the field during training camp at Gillette Stadium on July 28, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

Patriots starting center David Andrews appears to have avoided a major injury after hurting his hand during Sunday’s practice, according to multiple reports.

Per Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Andrews “appears to be OK.” In addition, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported Monday that a source described Andrews’ situation as “nothing crazy.”

Andrews hurt his hand during a team drill on the practice field in Foxborough, and according to multiple reporters in attendance, showed visible frustration by slamming his helmet to the turf. But the initial reports indicate that Andrews dodged the proverbial bullet. Andrews missed four games in the 2020 season due to a broken thumb.

If it turns out that Andrews has to miss time or be limited in practice, the Patriots are flush with backup centers. James Ferentz got increased reps at center in Andrews’ absence on Sunday, while Ted Karras returned from injury. Marcus Martin is also battling for a roster spot and has taken a large share of snaps at center with the backups.

Andrews’ situation will become more clear on Monday, when the Patriots practice again starting around 3 p.m. The team’s first preseason game is set for Thursday night against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium.

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