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Patriots placing David Andrews on injured reserve

The New England Patriots have exceeded expectations on offense so far this season, but they’ll be without a key member of their offensive line.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, the Patriots have placed David Andrews on injured reserve on Saturday.

During the Week 2 bout with the Seattle Seahawks on “Sunday Night Football,” Andrews suffered a thumb injury on his right hand. The veteran center underwent surgery on his thumb, which was revealed to be broken after New England’s narrow loss to Seattle.

Despite having a broken right thumb, Andrews was attempting to see if he could snap the ball left-handed. However, even though he was trying to force himself to play, the Patriots are putting him on injured reserve. At the least, he’s expected to be placed on short-term IR, meaning he can return in three weeks.

Andrews signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia back in 2015. The former Bulldog would be the starting center for New England in Week 1 of the 2015 season after he made the 53-man roster.

Since 2015, Andrews has been a mainstay on New England’s offensive line, starting in 11 or more games from 2015-18. Of course, for those that may not remember, Andrews missed the entire 2019 season after discovering he had a pulmonary embolism.

In the first two weeks of the season, the Patriots have performed exceptionally well with Cam Newton under center. But with Andrews expected to miss a minimum of three weeks, New England’s offensive line is going to miss their anchor at center.

Hjalte Froholdt, a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2019, could fill in for Andrews on Sunday versus the Las Vegas Raiders. Or New England could elect to start veteran James Ferentz, who the team could promote from their practice squad.