FOXBOROUGH — David Andrews, who suffered a thigh injury during the Patriots’ victory over the Jets Sunday, will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, a league source confirmed late Monday.
The Patriots center was hurt in the first quarter and after originally being listed as doubtful to return, he was downgraded to out as the second half started. He slowly limped off the field and had to be helped to the locker room.
An eight-year veteran and six-time team captain, Andrews returned to the lineup Sunday after missing a pair of games because of a concussion suffered Oct. 24.
Andrews was listed as a nonparticipant on Monday’s practice report, though it was just an estimation, as the club didn’t actually practice. His recovery time is minimal as the Patriots play Thanksgiving night against the Vikings in Minneapolis.
One of the league’s top tacticians, Andrews makes the line’s protection calls and excels on combo blocks.
Veteran James Ferentz stepped in at center against the Jets and would continue to play until Andrews can return. Ferentz started the two games Andrews missed with the concussion.
Rookie Kody Russey will back up Ferentz. Russey was added to the 53-man roster over the weekend, and Bill Belichick remarked on the undrafted free agent’s progress.
“He’s been active for some games but hasn’t played much, but just continuing to develop on the practice field,” said the coach. “He did a lot of good things for us in training camp. Made a real strong impression. Now with the injuries we’ve had on the offensive line, I think he deserves to be moved up there.’’
Wynn banged up
Tackle Isaiah Wynn left Sunday’s game with a foot injury. He would have been a limited participant if the Patriots had practiced Monday. The same goes for linebacker Anfernee Jennings (back), cornerback Marcus Jones (ankle), wide receiver DeVante Parker (knee), and linebacker Josh Uche (hamstring).
Taylor out, Vizcaino in
The Patriots waived running back J.J. Taylor, ending his short stint on the 53-man roster. Taylor started the season on the practice squad but was signed to the active roster Nov. 5 because the team needed additional depth at the position. With Rhamondre Stevenson, Damien Harris, Pierre Strong, and Kevin Harris all healthy, the Patriots no longer needed Taylor as an option out of the backfield … Kicker Tristan Vizcaino was signed to the practice squad for a third time this season.
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