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News Blitz 8/28: Karras next man up

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News of David Andrews health issues dominated the Patriots landscape Monday night into Tuesday, and the possibility that the trusted captain may have to miss the season is very real.

In New England whenever a player is missing from the lineup that generally means next man up, and in this case that would likely be Ted Karras.

Karras spoke to reporters yesterday and the Boston Herald says he’s ready to step in if needed. The Providence Journal has Karras explaining how Andrews has helped him grow. They add that the best-case scenario for Andrews is a 3-6 month recovery.

ESPN.com offers a 53-man roster projection ahead of the preseason finale Thursday night. The Boston Herald says it will be an interesting few days for Brian Hoyer.

Boston.com chats with Gunner Olszewski and says the diminutive receiver has always been worth his weight. A day after being released from the hospital, center David Andrews was on hand to watch practice. Panthers safety Eric Reid told reporters in Carolina that he texted Ben Watson to apologize for his late hit in last week’s preseason game. NBC’s Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy offer their thoughts on the Patriots offense without Rob Gronkowski.

Rookie running back Damien Harris returned to practice after two days with an injury suffered in the win over the Panthers.

The Athletic believes the back shoulder throw could be a big part of the Patriots offense this season. NBC Sports Boston says Bill Belichick often makes it difficult to predict who’s safe and who’s not while watching the final preseason game. Boston Sports Journal takes a look at Deatrich Wise. MassLive.com says no one wants to take credit for Stephon Gilmore’s ascension to the top spot among NFL cornerbacks. WEEI.com has Josh McDaniels complimenting Josh Gordon’s attitude and work ethic. Belichick discussed the importance of preseason games.

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