BOSTON (CBS) — Patriots captain David Andrews was back on the field for New England on Thursday, but he did not participate in practice for the second straight day. The center was also sporting a rather large wrap on his right hand and thumb.

Andrews was on the field during the opening portion of practice, which was open to the media. Several reporters shared photos of what looks to be a pretty serious protective measure taken for Andrews’ right thumb.

Considering Andrews uses that hand to snap the ball and to ward off 300-plus pound defenders, not being at full strength in that particular area figures to be an issue.

Andrews has taken 100 percent of the team’s offensive snaps this season, after missing all of last year due to blood clots in his lungs.