New England Patriots center David Andrews, one of the best former Bulldogs currently in the NFL, has reportedly been hospitalized due to blood clots in his lungs.
The report comes from The Athletic’s Jeff Howe. According to the report Andrews is expected to miss significant time.
Andrews was a three-year starter at Georgia and a team captain on the 2014 team. He went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft but has become a key player for the New England Patriots. Since joining New England in 2015 he has started 57 games and won two Super Bowls as the starting center for the Patriots.
Prior to the past Super Bowl, New England head coach Bill Belichick had some high praise for the former Bulldog.
“David’s a good center. He’s played center his whole life. He played center in junior high, he played center in high school, he played center in college and he’s playing center here,” Belichick said on a conference call. “I would say he’s very comfortable with all of the things that come with that position. I can’t imagine there’s anything that he sees at this point in his career that he hasn’t already seen multiple times, if not hundreds of times, in one way or another. He’s very experienced and he’s very adept at handling variations of all of the things that I just mentioned. He’s a lifetime – he’s a career center and he plays like it.”
Andrews is one of two former Bulldogs on the New England offensive line, as Isaiah Wynn is expected to be the left tackle for the Patriots. Wynn missed his entire rookie season due to an Achilles injury.
Former NBA star Chris Bosh had to retire at the age of 33 due to blood clots. Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith also had recurring issues with blood clots in his lung. He missed the final five games of the 2018 season due to the blood clots and his status for Tennessee’s upcoming season is still uncertain.
New England begins its season on Sept. 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but obviously, the more pressing issue is that Andrews get back to full health.