Patriots C David Andrews had serious career concerns while on IR with blood clots

Andy Hart
April 28, 2020 - 9:59 am

As he declared to the world via Instagram on the opening day of the 2020 NFL Draft, Patriots center David Andrews has been cleared by doctors to return to the football field this fall after missing all of last season on injured reserve due to blood clots in his lungs.

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While he’s now fully healthy and clearly anxious to get back to work as the middleman, leader and captain of the New England offensive line, Andrews admitted in an interview this week with that he was concerned that his career was in jeopardy with the way things went down last summer and fall.

“Yeah, especially early on," he adds, "just because there was so much unknown about it. Hearing doctors talk sometimes is a little unsettling, because they're trying to check all their boxes, and I'm just looking for a straight yes or no [answer]. As a player, it frustrates you, but they're doing the right thing. There were definitely times when we just didn't know, especially when I was in the hospital, [asking] 'Where did this come from? Cancer?' That kind of stuff."

Now that he’s healthy, Andrews is able to laugh a little bit more about the experience. It’s not the first time that he’s dealt with an illness during his career rather than a more classic injury. A few years earlier he dealt with complications due to altitude during the Patriots’ week of work after a game in Denver and preparing for a trip to Mexico City.

“I kind of laughed about it," Andrews told "Seems like I can't have a traditional football injury.

“Just two crazy, unfortunate things. Weird, I guess. I like to keep doctors on their toes, you know?"

Andrews detailed to his recovery from the issue, going from unable to walk up stairs easily or walk a mile to returning to full weight and workouts.

“Feel great now and ready to go," he declares. "I've felt good for a long while, moving through January and February, feeling really hopeful. I've been able to do a lot of stuff, physically, workout-wise. Normal stuff I'd usually do. My lungs or heart were not affected in any way.”

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