Patriots Without 2 Offensive Linemen for Thanksgiving Game Against Vikings

The New England Patriots will be shorthanded along the offensive line for tonight's Thanksgiving matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. Tackle Isaiah Wynn and center David Andrews will officially miss tonight's game after being declared inactive.

Andrews suffered what initially appeared to be a serious thigh injury in the Patriots' 10-3 win over the New York Jets in Week 11, but managed to return to practice this week. Wynn suffered a foot injury in the same game that kept him from participating in either of the team's practices this week.

A long-time strength of the team, the Patriots' offensive line will be held to the fire by a Vikings squad smarting from a Week 11 40-3 demolition by the Dallas Cowboys. Edge rusher Za'Darius Smith will have a chance to build on his impressive sack total; he has 9.5 through 10 games this season.

Without Andrews or Wynn, the Patriots offense will be at risk of another middling effort. With Wynn and Andrews both missing time, the Patriots were held without a touchdown against the Jets on Sunday. The team hasn't eclipsed 300 yards or 20 first downs in a game since Week 6. 

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