Patriots center David Andrews is one of five players who will start the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the team announced Thursday.
Andrews underwent shoulder surgery shortly after the Patriots ended the season to repair a torn labrum, which he likely suffered in Week 13. He posted a photo of himself after the procedure in January, with his son sitting with him on the bed. Despite the injury, Andrews started and played 100% offensive snaps in 16 of the Patriots’ 18 games.
Defensive back Jonathan Jones also underwent shoulder surgery after sustaining an undisclosed injury Oct. 17 against the Cowboys. Jones had 20 tackles and one interception before his injury.
“It was day to day,” Jones said. “Any injury has ups and downs, setbacks. You feel great one day, not the next, but you just keep grinding. And then the end goal is for the season and to be ready to go.
Linebacker Raekwon McMillan was an intriguing acquisition for the Patriots in March 2021, but he tore his ACL in preseason practice and was ruled out for the year. He signed an extension until 2022 in September 2021.
McMillan told reporters in May that it was difficult to watch the Patriots at the start of the season because he was looking forward to playing but was preparing to help out this year.
“I had to sit down last year and watch,” he said. “It was hard to watch at times because obviously I wanted to be out there on the pitch. But after sitting down and watching last year, I’m ready to go there this year.
Jabrill Peppers tore his ACL and sprained his ankle in a brutal Week 7 injury while playing for the Giants last season. Peppers should have joined the team for training camp.
“The ACL is not regenerating, so they had to go in there and fix it surgically. But I would say it’s going well,” Peppers said in April. “I do an excellent job of listening to health professionals. I feel good, I haven’t had any setbacks. I hope we can continue this thing.
Running back James White suffered a right hip subluxation in Week 3 last season. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, White was walking around with discomfort earlier this week.
The Patriots re-signed White this offseason to an incentive-laden two-year contract.
“Bill…wanted me back, so that was important to me,” White said. “To always be sought after has definitely been something that has helped me a lot.
“Bill is one of the greatest coaches of all time. We’ve built a great relationship over the years, and for him to always trust me still means a lot.
Patriots training camp is scheduled to begin next Wednesday.
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