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Patriots Get Major Roster Boost Ahead Of 49ers Game

A closeup of a New England Patriots football helmet. The team will be without David Andrews in Week 3.

ATLANTA - AUGUST 11: A detailed view of a New England Patriots helmet prior to the NFL preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons on August 11, 2006 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

On Sunday afternoon, the New England Patriots will square off against the San Francisco 49ers.

It's a pivotal game for the Patriots, who are looking to avoid their worst start to a season since 2000. At 2-3, Cam Newton and company have struggled to move the ball.

Well, the latest news from the team should help. On Saturday afternoon, the Patriots announced the team activated star center David Andrews - just under 24 hours before game time.

"The New England Patriots announced that they have activated C David Andrews to the 53-man roster from Injured Reserve and elevated DL Tashawn Bower (Standard Elevation) and DL Nick Thurman (COVID-19 Replacement) to the 53-man roster from the practice squad," the team said in a statement.

Andrews started the first two games of the season before being placed on injured reserve in late September.

He missed the full 2019 season after being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. After taking the year off, he returned to the starting lineup and was named a captain before the 2020 season kicked off.

His return to the starting lineup should provide a boost for the Patriots run game as well. Cam Newton has found success on the ground, but the New England running backs have not been able to replicate that success.

With Andrews back, that could change - and it needs to change.

New England and San Francisco kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET.