ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- New England Patriots starting center David Andrews, who was knocked out of the last two games with an illness, is active and projected to start in Sunday's road contest against the Buffalo Bills.
Andrews' return comes at an important time for the Patriots, who figure to be operating with the silent snap count in a loud atmosphere at New Era Field. His replacement, 2016 sixth-round pick Ted Karras, had an errant shotgun snap in last Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
Andrews' return, coupled with cornerback Eric Rowe being active for the first time since Oct. 1 and linebacker Kyle Van Noy (calf) cleared for action after not finishing last week, headlines some of the top news from the team's final 46-man game-day roster.
The team declared running back Mike Gillislee (healthy), special-teams captain Matthew Slater (hamstring), offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (ankle), defensive end Trey Flowers (ribs), linebacker Trevor Reilly (concussion), wide receiver Chris Hogan (shoulder) and right tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle) inactive.
This marks the fourth straight game that Gillislee has been a healthy scratch, as Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead have passed him on the depth chart, while James White is the top "passing back" and Brandon Bolden adds more value on special teams as a No. 4 layer on the depth chart.
Meanwhile, Waddle had attempted to test his injured ankle before the game, but it was clear he wasn't going to be able to play through it. That thrusts Cameron Fleming into the starting right tackle spot.