The absence of center David Andrews due to blood clots in his lungs was a big part of the Patriots offensive struggles in 2019. According to ESPN.com, Andrews is optimistic about his potential return to the field in 2020.
"I feel great," Andrews told ESPN.com while appearing at a shelter in Providence, R.I., as part of a team charitable endeavor. "I have a bunch of doctors' appointments in February, [hopefully] get all that cleared up, and be good to go for next year."
Andrews developed into a mainstay and captain in the middle of the Patriots offensive line during his four seasons with the team before dealing with some health issues this summer. The 27-year-old explained to ESPN's Mike Reiss that the medical condition was initially believed to be pneumonia, but eventually it was learned at the end of the preseason that blood clots were causing the problem.
"I'm not ready to be done playing football. If there is any chance I can go play football, that's what I'm going to do," Andrews said. "You really take pride in being out there and that's what I want to do. I want to play football. Maybe coach some day, but not for a long time."
Although veteran Ted Karras filled in admirably at center, a full recovery for Andrews would be a huge lift heading into 2020.