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Giants' Andrews likely out for season

Stacy Andrews (Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE)
Stacy Andrews coughed up blood at Giants HQ, teammate David Diehl said.
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Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for FOXSports.com. He has covered the NFL for the past 18 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Stacy Andrews attended a team meeting last Saturday night fully intending to play the following day against the Green Bay Packers.

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While at Giants headquarters, Andrews knew there was something seriously wrong with him.

During our Tuesday night show on Sirius XM NFL Radio, left tackle David Diehl said Andrews began feeling ill and coughing up blood. Andrews was taken to a local hospital and diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs.

Diehl said that Andrews had experienced discomfort during the week but thought the pain in his rib area stemmed from a football hit he had taken. Doctors believe that blood clots in Andrews’ calves moved into his lungs, causing pulmonary embolisms.

Andrews, 30, was released from the hospital Monday but isn’t expected to play again this season. Andrews was projected to serve as a blocking tight end against the Packers, a role instead filled by reserve lineman Jim Cordle.

The Giants were hit with another surprise pregame loss along the offensive line when center David Baas was declared inactive because of a migraine headache. The Giants were forced to shift Kevin Boothe to center and give second-year lineman Mitch Petrus his first NFL start at left guard.

Despite all the changes, the Giants generated 447 yards of total offense and surrendered only one sack of quarterback Eli Manning in a 38-35 loss to Green Bay.

Tagged: Giants, David Diehl, Eli Manning, Stacy Andrews

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