FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Starting New England Patriots center David Andrews (illness), starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle) and starting receiver Chris Hogan (shoulder) weren't present at the start of Friday's practice and have missed the entire week of on-field work, which likely means they are out for this Sunday's home game against the Miami Dolphins.
In addition, tight end Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) was absent for the second straight day.
With Andrews likely out, it would once again thrust 2016 sixth-round pick Ted Karras into the starting role for a second straight week. Coach Bill Belichick was complimentary of Karras' work in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
"It’s a tough spot," Belichick acknowledged. "You’re right in the middle of the line, so you’re involved in everything. There are no plays away from you. They all affect the center, so that’s a big communication centerpiece for the offensive line and, just as important, the quarterback. So, cadence and ball handling and so forth that goes on with the quarterback, I mean, the other guys on the line don’t have to worry about that, so it’s a key position. It’s a tough position to step into because of the on-the-line coordination, and also the quarterback-center communication, and ball handling and so forth. He did a good job, but that’s a big adjustment for a player to make, to step in and have to do all of the things that a center would have to do, especially in our offense."
With Cannon likely out, fifth-year veteran LaAdrian Waddle is the projected replacement once again, as he has started the past two games and played well.