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FOXBORO — The Patriots are shifting ahead with out the centerpiece of their offensive line.
On Saturday, the Patriots positioned David Andrews on the injured reserve attributable to a hand damage. In accordance with a number of studies, the middle broke his thumb per week in the past in the course of the recreation in Seattle. Andrews had surgical procedure final week on the best hand, which is his snapping hand. The captain reportedly tried to snap together with his left hand in observe, nevertheless it didn’t work.
Andrews will now spend not less than the following three weeks on the injured reserve. With the bye week in Week 6, the Patriots may get their captain again in Week 7 towards the San Francisco 49ers.
Andrews is basically the glue that holds the offensive line collectively. He missed final season attributable to blood clots in his lungs, however the Patriots had a veteran backup in Ted Karras. He turned a free agent after the season and signed with the Dolphins. It regarded just like the Patriots would flip to both James Ferentz or Hjalte Froholdt to switch Andrews. When the sport towards the Raiders began, nevertheless, it was Joe Thuney at heart.
The Patriots moved their All-Professional left guard to the place despite the fact that he hasn’t performed there since his days at North Carolina State. Thuney has snapped in coaching camp. The Patriots additionally moved rookie Michael Onwenu into the beginning lineup at left guard. Onwenu had performed proper sort out and a few blocking tight finish this season, however performed guard at Michigan.
In opposition to the Raiders, the Patriots beginning line was Isaiah Wynn (left sort out), Onwenu (left guard), Thuney (heart), Shaq Mason (proper guard) and Jermaine Eluemunor (proper sort out).
Final week, a number of gamers spoke about Andrews’ function on and off the sphere.
“I believe he’s been very, crucial. Not with simply his play however his management,m his professionalism,” Julian Edelman mentioned about Andrews. “He’s a stud on and off the sphere. You by no means have to fret about something. He’s all the time going to get the job finished and he’s a giant a part of this staff.”
It was an attention-grabbing transfer to push Thuney at heart. There wasn’t plenty of expertise in any other case.
Ferentz spent your entire offseason unsigned. He lastly was signed to the Patriots observe squad on Sept. 16. On Saturday, the staff signed him to the 53-man roster. The 31-year-old began his first two NFL video games final season with the Patriots, however solely a kind of begins got here at heart. This summer time, Froholdt regarded just like the Patriots high backup heart in coaching camp. A 2019 fourth-round choose, he suffered an damage in his first preseason and spent that rookie yr on the injured reserve. He nonetheless hasn’t performed an offensive snap.
Roster strikes coming?
Reinforcements could possibly be on the way in which for the Patriots. Beginning subsequent week, all gamers who started the season on the injured reserve can return to observe and play in Week 4 towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Meaning the Patriots may get again operating again Damien Harris, receiver/returner Gunner Olszewski, defensive sort out Beau Allen and offensive sort out Yodny Cajuste. The Pats don’t should take any of these gamers off the IR, however the choice is there.
Harris regarded just like the Patriots’ finest operating again in coaching camp so he may present an offensive enhance to the offense. Allen was signed this offseason to switch beginning defensive sort out Danny Shelton, so his presence would assist the run protection. Olszewski additionally had a powerful summer time and will assist the Patriots each on offense and on particular groups as a punt returner. Cajuste, a 2019 third-rounder, has but to make his NFL debut, however would add depth to the offensive line.
For each participant the Patriots take off the IR, they might want to open up a spot on the 53-man roster. As of Sunday, the Pats have one roster spot accessible.
Ready recreation continues
It’s been a troublesome begin for rookie Josh Uche, who has but to make his NFL debut.
On Saturday, the Patriots positioned the second-round choose on the injured reserve. Like Andrews, he’s eligible to return in Week 6 and play the next week towards the 49ers.
Uche had an excellent summer time. In coaching camp, he confirmed the kind of versatility that prompt the staff would use him at each inside and outdoors linebacker. At one level, it regarded like he would begin the season enjoying main minutes on protection.
As a substitute, Uche was a wholesome scratch in Week 1 after which missed Week 2 with an ankle damage. It regarded just like the linebacker was on tempo to make his NFL debut towards the Raiders, however he suffered a foot damage in observe. Now, Uche must wait one other 4 weeks (as a result of bye) to play in his first NFL recreation and present the potential he flashed in August.
The Patriots inactive gamers had been headlined by James White, who missed his second recreation in a row attributable to private causes. Additionally inactive had been Anfernee Jennings, Myles Bryant, Dalton Keene, Jarrett Stidham and Korey Cunningham.
The Patriots used the NFL’s new rule to name up two gamers from their observe squad to their game-day roster. The staff elevated undrafted rookie receiver Isaiah Zuber and defensive lineman Nick Thurman on Saturday night. Each had been lively on Sunday.