The New England Patriots may lose starting center David Andrews for the season because of blood clots in his lungs, multiple media outlets reported Monday.
Andrews, 27, reportedly has been hospitalized for treatment of his condition. Regardless if he can return in 2019, he is expected to be sidelined for a substantial portion of the season.
Entering his fifth NFL season, all with New England, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman started every game in the Patriots’ Super Bowl-winning season in 2018.
One of the team captains last season, Andrews has played 60 of a possible 64 games in the past four seasons, including 57 starts.
Andrews was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2015. After starting every game for New England in 2016, another Super Bowl-winning campaign, he inked a three-year, $9 million contract extension in May 2017.
Ted Karras, 26, is the projected backup center behind Andrews. Karras, whose great uncle is College Football Hall of Famer Alex Karras, has played in 45 games (five starts) — although primarily at guard — since the Patriots took him in the sixth round of the 2016 draft out of Illinois.