NFL: Super Bowl LIII-Opening Night

Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) during Opening Night for Super Bowl LIII at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots center David Andrews is optimistic about returning to the field for next season after missing the 2019 campaign following a diagnosis of blood clots in his lungs.

"I feel great," Andrews said on Monday, per ESPN. "I have a bunch of doctors' appointments in February, (hopefully) get all that cleared up, and be good to go for next year."

Andrews said he doesn't view the blood clots as career-threatening and plans to continue a career in which he played in 60 of a possible 64 games during his first four seasons, including 57 starts.

"I'm not ready to be done playing football. If there is any chance I can go play football, that's what I'm going to do," the 27-year-old Andrews said. "You really take pride in being out there and that's what I want to do. I want to play football. Maybe coach some day, but not for a long time."

Andrews was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2015.

--Field Level Media

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