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Patriots Starting OL Could Reportedly Miss Season Due To Blood Clots

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)

A key piece of the New England Patriots offensive line is in jeopardy of missing the 2019 season. Patriots center David Andrews is currently hospitalized due to blood clots in his lungs.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic was the first to report the news which has since been confirmed by Ian Rapoport of

Howe writes that Andrews is expected to miss a "significant" amount of time at the very least.

This would be a monumental loss for the Patriots. Andrews is a team captain and started all 19 games in the 2018 season.

After signing with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2015, Andrews split time with center Bryan Stork as a rookie. He went on to win the starting role on a full-time basis in 2016.

Andrews has started 57 regular season games. The Patriots have been to three straight Super Bowls since Andrews took over the starting role.

Andrews missed Monday's practice — his second straight missed practice. The absence sparked suspicion from reporters which led to questioning.

If Andrews is unavailable for the start of the season, the Patriots are likely to turn to 2016 sixth-round pick Ted Karras. In the two games Andrews missed in 2017, Karras started at center.