Another week for the Patriots means more injuries for the offensive line. This season, because of health problems, the Pats have lacked continuity in a position that truly needs it. In the Pats’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers, they used three different offensive line alignments.
The Patriots started with Isaiah Wynn (left tackle), Joe Thuney (left guard), David Andrews (center), Shaq Mason (right guard) and Michael Onwenu (right tackle). When Thuney suffered an ankle injury, Onwenu moved to left guard and Justin Herron played right tackle. When Herron suffered an ankle injury, Onwenu moved back to right tackle and Hjalte Froholdt played left guard.
The team started this week with Mason (calf), Thuney (ankle) and Herron (ankle) limited.
“Unfortunately, that’s just part of this business,” Andrews said. “Guys are going to get hurt, and it’s something we’ve kind of dealt with pretty much it feels like every year of my career at some point. We’ve got a great group of guys. We’ve just got to try to get everyone out there when they can, and whoever gets their shot has got to take advantage of it.”
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