Last summer was pretty scary for Patriots center David Andrews.
The 27-year-old knew something wasn't right at the start of training camp when he wasn't feeling himself, but he pushed on.
“I had been dealing with some chest pains and troubling breathing, started coughing blood the first day we reported to training camp actually,” he said in a recent interview with 247 Sports. “All of this was partly my fault, just being dumb and pushing through it. I thought I was sick and I really did not feel like myself. It was not like I was having a bad camp. I just was not having a consistent camp.”
Then came the third preseason game and the Patriots offense had a long drive where Andrews was on the field, but there were a few plays he doesn't even remember. The day after the game he saw a specialist and that was when his season and life changed drastically.
”Specialist comes out and says I have blood clots, I had no idea what that meant,” Andrews said. ”I told the doctor I needed to get back home to let my dogs out, and from that point on, I knew it was serious. They would not let me leave and I spent five nights there. My first call was to my dog walker, actually. Then I had to call my wife and try to explain all of this. She was out of town. I actually called my former UGA teammate Clint Boiling next. He was actually dealing with these this offseason, so I called him immediately because I knew he had dealt with that. He was great and introduced me to a doctor as well. Clint was just great to me. I really had no idea how dangerous it was.”
Andrews was placed on injured reserve, but as a team captain he was around the team on a daily basis, including the practice field.
“The Patriots were so good to me, It was really a frustrating year because athletes want to compete," he said. "I was limited on what I could do but I really focused on rebuilding my body and trying to turn a negative into a positive. I got to be a part of the team, got to watch film with the guys. I got to lead a pass rushing meeting each week. I was still a captain and got to attend those meetings. I got to spend more time with my wife. It has been a different year.
"I am ready to get back."
Andrews saying he's ready to get back is a good sign for him returning in 2020. This comes after he said a few months ago everything was going well in terms of his recovery.
It is worth noting no one can know for sure how things will go, but things are certainly trending in the right direction.