Patriots Offensive Lineman Returns at Wednesday Practice

Offensive linemen are just built different. After limping off the field in a 10-6 win over the New York Jets in Week 11, New England Patriots center David Andrews was back at practice Tuesday afternoon, suggesting he has a chance to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday's NBC Thanksgiving game. Andrews suffered what appeared to be a serious leg injury in the first half of Sunday's matchup and missed the remainder of the game. Initial reports indicated the injury could be season-ending. Evidently, the Patriots got some good news after further testing.

Andrews has been a crucial cog on what has been a consistently strong Patriots offensive line over the years. Though never a star, he has earned consistently solid grades from Pro Football Focus across his seven seasons, topping out at 84.7 in 2017. He has started 94 games for the Patriots since joining the team as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He started in three consecutive Super Bowls from 2016 to 2018, winning two.
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