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David Andrews will have to wait another week.
The Patriots’ center and captain will be inactive against the Minnesota Vikings just days after suffering a thigh injury that knocked hi out of Sunday’s win over the New York Jets.
Andrews practiced in limited fashion this week and might have a better prognosis than expected, but New England is opting to rest him on a short week, keeping him in play for a return against Buffalo or even after a long layoff in a few weeks when the team takes on the Arizona Cardinals.
The Patriots will be without tackle Isaiah Wynn, leaving the depth on the outside thin. Bill Murray was elevated from the practice squad this week and could serve as depth on the interior should the Patriots need to move Mike Onwenu to a tackle spot.
On a better note, though, Yodny Cajuste (calf) will play and presumably start at right tackle, putting off that emergency situation at least a little while longer.
Both Marcus Jones, whose punt return lifted the Patriots to victory over the Jets on Sunday, and DeVante Parker will also be active.
On the other side, James Ferentz and the offensive line will catch a break with Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson out of the lineup Thursday night.
Here are the inactives for both teams: