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The Patriots could use David Andrews this week now more than ever it seems. Fortunately, it appears as if he just might take the field on Thursday against the Vikings.
The ever-dependable center made the trip with the team to Minneapolis on Wednesday and is officially listed as questionable on the injury report, which is incredible after a seemingly serious thigh injury forced him from Sunday’s win against the Jets. Original reports that Andrews might miss the rest of the season were assuaged by MRIs this week, and Andrews practiced in limited fashion on Tuesday, even running around and looking like he could realistically guy it out Thursday night.
It sure would make things better for the offensive line if he could.
Sunday’s starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn (foot) has already been ruled out for Thanksgiving night after leaving the Jets game and being unable to return. To make matters worse, right tackle Yodny Cajuste was added to the injury report Wednesday with a calf injury and is questionable. Cajuste might still play, of course, but the prospect of his injury becomes much more daunting with the team’s tackle depth already depleted thanks to Marcus Cannon being on injured reserve.
If Cajuste was unable to play or had to leave the game, that might finally force the Patriots to move Mike Onwenu out to right tackle as many have called for. The problem: the interior offensive line would be in serious trouble, especially if Andrews couldn’t go.
Sunday’s hero Marcus Jones also landed on the injury report this week with an ankle injury and was listed as limited on Wednesday and questionable for the game. DeVante Parker (knee) is also questionable.