New York Giants offensive tackle Stacy Andrews was placed on injured reserve and will miss the final four games of the National Football League season after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs.
Andrews, 30, was taken to a hospital on Dec. 3 after two days of spitting up blood and experiencing pain in his ribs, NFL.com said. The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Andrews didn’t play in the Giants’ game the next day against the Green Bay Packers.
The Giants’ medical staff said the blood clots are believed to have originated in Andrews’s legs. They may have been caused by long airplane flights, a recent back injury or a hit in practice.
The Giants signed tackle Tony Ugoh to replace Andrews, who played in nine of the team’s first 11 games and made three starts. The 6-foot-5, 304-pound Ugoh was Indianapolis’s second-round draft pick in 2007 and played with the Colts and Detroit Lions from 2007 to 2010. He most recently played with the United Football League’s Las Vegas Locomotives.
At 6-6, the Giants are one game behind first-place Dallas in the National Football Conference’s East division and visit the Cowboys this week.