Even Bill Belichick doesn't know who will replace David Andrews as starting center

Ryan Hannable
September 01, 2019 - 11:31 am
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With starting center David Andrews being placed on injured reserve Saturday due to blood clots in his lungs, it means his season is over.

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As for who his replacement will be, that remains to be seen.

The Patriots swung three trades to add offensive linemen over the course of the last few days, including veteran center/guard Russell Bodine. There's also Ted Karras, who filled in for Andrews when he missed two games in 2017, but even Bill Belichick doesn't know what will happen.

“That’s an important position. The relationship between the center and the quarterback is of course an important one," he said on a conference call Sunday morning. "Ted has done that. He’s been here for four years and played in a couple of games two years ago that David missed.

"We’ll see how things work out with the other players on the roster, some of which have just been acquired. See how it all fits together. I am not sure how it will turn out. We haven’t seen three of the players on our roster ever run a play in a Patriots uniform. We’ll evaluate it as we go.”

Bodine, 27, has plenty of experience having started all 74 games he's appeared in since coming into the league in 2014.

“Russell has had a solid career and quite a bit of experience playing center for Cincinnati and most recently with Buffalo," Belichick said. "He’s also played guard in the past, so we’ll see how it goes with the three linemen we acquired over the last few days. We’ll just see how it all works out. At this point, he’s one of the more experienced players on our team, in terms of NFL experience. So, we’ll see how all that comes together.”

Right now, it seems like Karras has the edge considering his experience working with Tom Brady, but that certainly has the potential to change as Bodine becomes familiar with Brady over the coming days and weeks.

It seems like a fluid situation with all the new players coming aboard up front and just because a player starts Week 1 doesn't mean it will stay that way for the entire season.

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