Patriots acquire veteran center Russell Bodine from Bills

New England Patriots center David Andrews speaks with reporters following an NFL football team practice Thursday Jan. 19 2017 in Foxborough Mass. The Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game Sunday. (AP

New England Patriots center David Andrews speaks with reporters following an NFL football team practice Thursday Jan. 19 2017 in Foxborough Mass. The Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game Sunday. (AP

Prior to missing six games last season with a broken fibula, he played in and started all 16 games of his first four seasons straight in Cincinnati with the Bengals.

The flurry of trades come as the Patriots appear to have some major changes coming along the offensive line in the wake of center David Andrews being hospitalized with a blood clot in his lung. Karras, Bodine, Isaiah Wynn, Joe Thuney, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, Korey Cunningham and Jermaine Eluemunor likely will be the Patriots' top offensive linemen this season.

The Bills have traded offensive lineman Russell Bodine to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 6th round draft pick according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Bodine is a former fourth-round draft pick out of North Carolina with five years of quality experience playing in the league. He started all 10 games he played in Buffalo before being placed on injured reserve in December of a year ago. On the field for 588 offensive snaps last season, Bodine was flagged for three penalties, according to Pro Football Focus. He is a player who has proven capable of starting at center.

New England was preparing to use interior lineman Ted Karras as the team's starting center, but the acquisition of Bodine could mean Karras returns to a reserve role. The Patriots believe in the saying "next man up", and will certainly need some players to step up in Andrews' absence.

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