David Andrews seems hopeful about returning to Patriots in 2020

Ryan Hannable
January 13, 2020 - 12:07 pm

The 2019 season did not go the way David Andrews had planned, as the veteran center missed the entire year due to blood clots in his lungs, which were discovered during training camp.

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Despite not being able to play, Andrews was at the Gillette Stadium facility every single day and on the practice field with his teammates.

Speaking at a community event Amos House in Providence Monday, Andrews seemed hopeful about playing in 2020.

“I feel great,” he said reporters, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I have some doctor’s appointments coming up. Hopefully, that goes well, and we’ll kind of see from there. I’m pretty optimistic and just really hope everything comes back good here in the next month.”

Andrews added: “I’m not ready to be done playing football. So if there’s any chance that I can go play football, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Ted Karras did a solid job filling in for Andrews at center all year long, but the Georgia product allows the Patriots offense to do a little more given his athleticism. Andrews noted it was important to him to stay part of the team all year despite not being able to be on the field in pads.

“I take a lot of pride in that, but you really take pride in being out there,” Andrews said. “That’s what I want to do — I want to play football. Maybe coach one day or be on that side, but not for a long time.”

Karras is a free agent this offseason, so Andrews' status could impact how hard the Patriots go after him in the coming months.

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