Patriots C Andrews ready after missing 2019 with blood clots

The Associated Press
FILE - In this May 23, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) heads to the practice field during NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass. With time growing short before their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Patriots suddenly have an unexpected hole in the middle of their offensive line following the weekend hospitalization of starting center David Andrews because of blood clots in his lung. Andrews, 27, was released from the hospital Monday night, Aug. 26, 2019, according to the Boston Globe. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
FILE - In this May 23, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) heads to the practice field during NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass. With time growing short before their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Patriots suddenly have an unexpected hole in the middle of their offensive line following the weekend hospitalization of starting center David Andrews because of blood clots in his lung. Andrews, 27, was released from the hospital Monday night, Aug. 26, 2019, according to the Boston Globe. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- New England Patriots center David Andrews says he is ready to return after missing all of last season with blood clots in his lungs.

Andrews posted a video of himself doing a celebration dance on Instagram on Thursday, saying, “I’m excited that I’ll have the opportunity to play the game I love again.”

“When and whatever the nfl season looks like I’m just thankful that I’ll be able to get back to competing with my teammates and coaches,” he wrote. “Go pats.”

In a conference call with reporters after the Patriots traded out of the first round of the NFL draft, director of player personnel Nick Caserio praised Andrews' work ethic last year - even though he didn't play.

“David has been a great asset to our program, (a) multi-year captain,” Caserio said. “The more players - and people - that we have like David Andrews in the building, good for the Patriots and everybody else.”

An undrafted free agent, Andrews has played four seasons for New England. In 2018, he started every game and participated in 99% of the offensive snaps.

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