After a rough 24 hours, Patriots fans are finally getting some good news. Center David Andrews will be playing this season. According to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, Andrews is planning to play this season, despite missing all of last year after a pulmonary embolism that led to blood clots in his lungs. While it would certainly be understandable if Andrews did opt out, he is very excited to return. The Patriots could not afford another serious blow to their offensive line, so this is great news.
“I’m very fortunate that I am able to continue playing this game,” Andrews said. “I’m very appreciative for all the support I received from my family, my friends, my wife, but really the organization as a whole. From the Kraft family down to coach Belichick, to Josh McDaniels, Dante Scarnecchia, all the coaches.
“I’m just really looking forward to moving forward and getting back to being a football player again. I’m really excited to get back out there whenever we can.”
Andrews was asked if there any restrictions moving forward?
“I haven’t been told that,” Andrews replied. “Part of it was the medicine I was on and I’m off that medicine so I can go about living my normal life…. I think it was just kind of a freak accident thing.”
“I’m cleared to play football,” Andrews said. “I want to move forward with that and talk about football. What happened happened. You can’t live your life in fear if it’s going to happen again or not. It’s a violent game and things happen. There’s a lot of things that happen. That’s just life.”
Because I've been asked, as of two days ago, I was told #Patriots center David Andrews, who missed all of last year with blood clots, was opting *in* and planning on playing in the upcoming season.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) July 28, 2020