FOXBORO — The New England Patriots may again be without the services of the centerpiece of their much-criticized offensive line for the foreseeable future.
David Andrews Center allegedly suffered a “serious” thigh injury during the Pats win 10-3 over New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. The longtime team captain is expected to undergo tests on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.
However, the prevailing fear is that Andrews will be missing for the season.
After missing the past two games (including the Patriots’ Week 8 win over the Jets) while recovering from a concussion, Andrews made his long-awaited return with the Patriots on Sunday. However, his impact on the game would be short-lived.
as a runner ramondre stevenson tried to win the first down 2 and 8 from the Jets 28-yard line, Andrew (in his first game since suffering a concussion in week 7 against the Chicago Bears) suffered a thigh injury while taking a block. He immediately fell to the ground in pain, and soon the training staff helped him off the side.
Shortly after, he was assisted by team personnel to the locker room, unable to support his leg.
If Andrews is out for the rest of 2022, it doesn’t bode well for the Patriots’ playoff aspirations. The effectiveness of both his running game and his passing game dropped dramatically during his previous two-game absence.
According to Patriots.com, the team’s offensive efficiency plummeted from -0.03 expected points aggregate (EPA) per play to -0.25 EPA per play. In the passing game, quarterback Mac Jones was pressured on 39.3% of his return passes without the Pats’ starting center, compared to just 28.2% with him in the lineup. Andrews’ absence also had a negative impact on the running game. The Pats averaged 4.7 yards per rush with Andrews, but fell to a 3.6 average without him in Weeks 8 and 9.
On Sunday, the Jets’ aggressive defensive front made the most of the situation, making life even more difficult for Jones and the Patriots than it was in Week 8.
Collectively, New York kept the Patriots’ quarterback under pressure for most of the afternoon, compiling six sacks, eight tackles for loss and eight quarterback hits.
While New England’s decline in statistical output without Andrews is clearly evident, the most significant loss may come from his positional lead. Rookie left guard Cole Strange has seen a decline in his productivity without the Pats captain by his side on the inside. His replacement, James Ferentz, has had trouble replicating Andrews’ blocking prowess. Although Ferentz would be the logical choice to take over from Andrews, the team promoted rookie center (and former practice squad) Kody Russey to the 53-man roster on Saturday.
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In addition to Andrews’ injury, the Patriots will also be monitoring a foot injury to face Isaiah Wynn. The ex-Georgia Bulldog left the game in the second quarter and did not return. He was ruled out by the team shortly after the start of the second half.
While New England remains hopeful that the news about Wynn is less grim, it is Some time was also expected to be lost.awaiting the results of the tests to be carried out this week.
Wynn has struggled in 2022, seemingly unable to find solace in his new role as the team’s primary right tackle. He entered Week 11 having allowed 16 pressures in eight games while tagged with a league-high nine penalties. Following his trade from the left side, Wynn joined backup linemen Marcus Cannon and Yodny Cajuste in six of his nine games played, with Cajuste starting against the Jets at right tackle.
Surprisingly, Wynn actually took a few practice snaps at left tackle earlier in the week, taking over for starter Trent Brown. In what coach Bill Belichick called a “coaching decision,” Wynn started Sunday in Brown’s spot on the left of the line. Ironically, Brown would be back on duty when Wynn walked out of the game. He (left) and Cajuste (right) are both possible options to line up at New England’s tackle positions while Wynn heals.
With little time to rest on their laurels, New England will soon travel to the northern Midwest when they take on the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving night.
Barring unexpected good news, it seems that neither Andrews nor Wynn will be among them.
Kickoff is scheduled for Thursday at 8:20 pm from US Bank Stadium.
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