FOXBORO -- The Patriots only get one real practice this week as they prepare for Thursday night's showdown with the Vikings in Minnesota. Bill Belichick referred to Tuesday as the "biggest day of the week" for his team.
And on the biggest day of the week, one of the most important players along the offensive line was on the field behind Gillette Stadium. Center David Andrews, who left Sunday's win over the Jets with a thigh injury, was out there with the rest of his teammates.
Andrews was listed as "limited" with a thigh injury on Tuesday's injury report, along with LB Anfernee Jennings (back), defensive back Marcus Jones (ankle), WR DeVante Parker (knee), and linebacker Josh Uche (hamstring). Offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was the only Patriots player missing from Tuesday's practice, sidelined with the foot injury that forced him out of Sunday's win over the Jets.
Andrews reportedly wants to attempt to play Thursday night in Minnesota, according to Mass Live's Mark Daniels. There was a report early Monday that Andrews may be done for the season, but that . With Andrews stepping on the field on Tuesday, you can pretty much throw that report out the window.
No one has ever questioned Andrews' toughness, and that won't start anytime soon. The Patriots could certainly use their starting center too, with quarterback Mac Jones getting sacked six times by the Jets on Sunday. Andrews had missed the previous two games with a concussion, and Jones was sacked 10 times by the Jets (six sacks in Week 8) and Colts (four sacks in Week 9).
The Patriots did not practice on Monday but did release a practice report, and Andrews wouldn't have participated had the team held a session. His limited participation on Tuesday is a sign that he's made some progress since Sunday.
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