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New England Patriots place C David Andrews, DE Derek Rivers on season-ending IR

New England Patriots place C David Andrews, DE Derek Rivers on season-ending IR

A couple of New England Patriots saw their 2019 seasons come to an end on Saturday afternoon.

According to multiple reports, starting center David Andrews and defensive end Derek Rivers will be placed on Injured Reserve. Since neither was on the 53-man roster when they were placed on IR, they won't be eligible to return this season.

Andrews was always expected to go on IR after he dealt with blood clots in his lungs in recent weeks. The recovery for that should take 3-6 months, so he will be out for the season.

Andrews' health concerns were also part of the reason that the Patriots were active in acquiring other offensive linemen via trade. This including a move where they got center Russell Bodine from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a sixth-round pick and trades for Korey Cunningham and Jermaine Eluemunor.

As for Rivers, this will be the second time in three NFL seasons that he has landed on preseason IR. Rivers has one career sack during his NFL career.

In addition to these players going on IR, wide receiver Cameron Meredith was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Meredith has been on PUP since signing with the Patriots late this offseason. He saw limited action for the New Orleans Saints last year and is now two years removed from suffering a brutal knee injury while he was with the Chicago Bears. He will miss at least six games while he's on the PUP list.

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Breakfast Pod: An emotional Rob Gronkowski reveals his next step

Breakfast Pod: An emotional Rob Gronkowski reveals his next step

Months after calling it quits, Rob Gronkowski finally has his retirement moment and tearfully talks about his decision. 

1:26 - Tom Curran joins Early Edition to react to the Rob Gronkowski's emotional comments from today and give a little insight on to Gronk's state of mind this past season.  

7:57 - Ted Johnson and Mike Felger give their thoughts on Gronk and if they think we will ever see him make a comeback in the NFL.

13:26 - Curran and the BST crew discuss the likely scenario that Ted Karras will replace David Andrews at center and how this move would impact the Patriots offensive line.

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Ex-Patriots center Dan Koppen jokes about returning after David Andrews injury

Ex-Patriots center Dan Koppen jokes about returning after David Andrews injury

David Andrews' injury is a devastating blow to the Patriots, but as always it's time to embrace the "next man up" mantra in New England.

It'll likely be Ted Karras filling in at center for Andrews after the 27-year-old was hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs, possibly sidelining him for the entire 2019 season. Andrews' shoes won't be easy to fill as the two-time Super Bowl champion has become an integral part of the Patriots offense and a true leader in the locker room.

One ex-Patriot who knows all about the "next man up" mentality is former center Dan Koppen, which is why he (jokingly, we think?) threw his hat into the ring to be Andrews' replacement in 2019.

It's been seven years since Koppen played a down in the NFL, so Patriots fans probably shouldn't read too far into a possible comeback. Though if there's any 39-year-old who could get the job done, it's probably the former Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champ.

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