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Why Patriots center David Andrews is rooting for the Titans in the AFC Championship

Why Patriots center David Andrews is rooting for the Titans in the AFC Championship

Fans of the New England Patriots may be conflicted about whether to root for the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game. They are coached by former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, but they also knocked the Patriots out in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

But regardless of how fans feel, there is one member of the Patriots who will be pulling for the Titans on Sunday. And that's center David Andrews.

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Andrews, who spent all of the 2019 season on IR with blood clots in his lungs, is rooting for one of his college teammates and closest friends, Titans center Ben Jones.

"Watching him have success is really special," Andrews said of Jones to ESPN's Mike Reiss. "I'm pulling for him all the way."

Andrews spoke about how close that he and Jones became during his recruiting process. And Andrews described Jones as a mentor to him.

"When I was in high school, I remember a lot of people said, 'You're too small to play at Georgia.' But then came Ben, and he wasn't much bigger than me, and I really looked up to him," said Andrews, per Reiss.

"When I was getting recruited, he was always great. I would go see him and he'd let me hang out with him. He'd give me leftover Georgia gear that I could wear around my high school and think I was pretty cool. Then once I got to Georgia, he really took me under his wing. Ben was always a sounding board for me -- people called us father and son because we acted a lot alike."

Jones clearly did a good job helping Andrews to develop. Despite his lacking size, Andrews has been one of the NFL's most consistent centers when healthy. And though Ted Karras filled in well in place of Andrews this past season, the team still missed their solid interior blocker.

It's easy to see why Andrews is rooting for his friend and perhaps Jones and the Titans will pull off a third consecutive upset. We'll soon find out who will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl as Jones' Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs will square off for the conference title on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m.

Patriots' David Andrews shares encouraging update on health, 2020 status

Patriots' David Andrews shares encouraging update on health, 2020 status

The New England Patriots played the entire 2019 season without their starting center.

But David Andrews seems intent on playing in 2020.

The Patriots center, who was placed on injured reseve last August due to blood clots in his lungs, said Monday he hopes to return to the field next season.

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"I should have a bunch of doctors’ appointments here in February, and get all that cleared up and be good to go next year," Andrews said during a Patriots Charitable Foundation event in Providence, R.I., via ESPN's Mike Reiss.

"Hopefully that goes well and then we kind of see from there. Pretty optimistic and just hope everything comes back good here the next month."

Andrews dealt with respiratory issues early in 2019 training camp and struggled with the heat and humidity during joint practices in Tennessee, per our Tom E. Curran. He was hospitalized due to blood clots in late August, and it was unclear whether he'd be able to continue his NFL career.

The five-year veteran is optimistic he'll be back in 2020 if his February appointments go well, however.

"I’m not ready to be done playing football," Andrews added, via Reiss. "If there’s any chance I can go play football, that’s what I’m going to do."

Ted Karras filled in for Andrews at center for the majority of the 2019 season but will become a free agent in March, so the Patriots would benefit greatly from having a healthy Andrews back next season -- regardless of which quarterback he's snapping to.

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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