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Patriots’ Matt Patricia indicates backup C James Ferentz will start for David Andrews at Jets – Boston Herald

FOXBORO — Patriots center David Andrews missed three straight practices with a concussion this week, a strong indication he will also miss Sunday’s game.

On Friday, Pats offensive play-caller Matt Patricia all but confirmed Andrews will be out against the Jets, saying backup center James Ferentz will be in his place come kickoff.

“David’s a great player. Obviously he’s done a great job for us inside, and this week, James will be in that situation,” Patricia said. “And he’ll be able to help us there.”

Patricia stressed the importance of communication at the position, noting all of the Patriots’ offensive adjustments and calls are made by the center and quarterback. Ferentz’s play figures to be especially important Sunday, considering he will be protecting the shortest path for Jets pass rushers to reach quarterback Mac Jones. Jones was lifted from the team’s injury report this week, but declined to say he was 100% when asked directly about his health Wednesday.

Jones seemed wary of reaggravating his high ankle sprain last Monday against the Bears, darting away from the first signs of pressure over his first three drives. Against the Jets, he must contend with one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles in Quinnen Williams, who leads New York with five sacks and ranks second with 13 QB hits.

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