New England Patriots center David Andrews missed the entire 2019 season due to a blood clot found in his lung, but he’s optimistic about returning in 2020.
You’ll excuse New England Patriots fans these days for latching onto anything that smells even faintly of good news.
Tom Brady may or may not return next season to the only franchise he’s ever known. Julian Edelman just got arrested for jumping on a car. Antonio Brown is gone, Josh Gordon is gone, Rob Gronkowski is still gone.
Not that anyone’s feeling sorry for the Patriots of all teams, but still – it’s been a rough year since winning Super Bowl 53 last February.
In the spirit of trying to find satisfaction in the little things and the small victories, we recently noted that it looks like offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will return to Foxborough for at least one more season, barring anything monumental changing around the NFL landscape.
That’s good news.
Also, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, it appears that starting Patriots center David Andrews plans to return to action next season after missing all of 2019 with blood clots in his lungs.
That would also represent very good news if it comes to fruition.
“I feel great,” Andrews told reporters, via Reiss. “I have a bunch of doctors’ appointments in February. [Hopefully] get all that cleared up and be good to go for next year.”
There had been speculation that Andrews’ situation could potentially be career-threatening, but it sounds like all the offensive lineman needs is a couple of green lights next month to get back to playing the sport he loves so much.
Here’s more from Andrews about his mindset these days:
“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. You really take pride in being out there, and that’s what I want to do. I want to play football. Maybe coach one day, but not for a long time.”
Ted Karras did an admirable job filling in for Andrews in 2019, but Karras is also set to become a free agent this spring. If he leaves for another team, it just puts all the more onus on Andrews to return to the field to stabilize the New England line in 2020.