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Patriots Friday practice update: Ted Karras could start at center on Sunday

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It’s looking likely.

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The New England Patriots held their Friday practice and the same four players were absent that missed practice on Thursday, too.

The trio of RT Marcus Cannon, WR Chris Hogan, and ST Matthew Slater are back in New England and shouldn’t be expected to play. RT LaAdrian Waddle, WR Phillip Dorsett, and ST Johnson Bademosi should see increased roles at their respective positions.

C David Andrews also remained sidelined with his illness and it’s possible he could be out on Sunday. Illnesses leave the door open for a player to return, but the Patriots tend to bench players that don’t participate in Friday’s practice. If Andrews is unable to play, then Ted Karras is the most likely option to start at center and Cole Croston should be the top interior back-up. Cameron Fleming will provide additional depth.

The Herald’s Jeff Howe also reported that Joe Thuney took snaps at center, which suggests that if Karras is injured that Thuney would move to center and Croston or Fleming would slide in at guard.

We will have the full injury report when available this afternoon.